Quinoa is officially my best friend during the school year.
High in protein and fiber, completely gluten free, packed with antioxidants, and seriously SO versatile. I can turn it into a burrito bowl just by adding some black beans and sautéed zucchini (and a little salsa of course), I can make fried “rice” with some steamed veggies and a little soy sauce (and srirachi, duh), or I can just top it with some hummus and leftover roasted vegetables for a quick macro bowl. All in under 20 minutes.
Or, I can make this!
With the school year coming into full swing for teachers this week, I’m already on the lookout for quick, healthy lunches that I can throw together on busy nights. Quinoa is by far my favorite grain to cook, not only because of how tasty it is, but because it takes less than 20 minutes to cook. Sorry brown rice. #toolazy
And nothing goes better with quinoa than some fresh summer veggies. Since it’s technically still summer and all (the kids are not in school yet— so I’m holding onto it as long as I can) 😉
I don’t know about you guys, but fresh local zucchini and squash are still very abundant in my Trader Joe’s. So you know that was the first thing I added. And what else goes best with summer squash? Grape tomatoes and fresh basil, of course! Oh, and the most delicious, tangy shallot dijon dressing!
So that’s it— just a few ingredients, most of which you probably have on hand, and about 20 minutes— then you’ll be eating this deliciously addicting quinoa salad for dayssss. I like to make a big batch of this on Sunday nights and eat it through the week, making my weekday nights that much easier.
What are your favorite school / work lunches? If you’re looking for more quick, healthy lunch ideas, here are some of my favorite easily-packed recipes that can be made in under 30 minutes:
A big thank you to Ancient Harvest for supplying me with quinoa for this recipe and post!