Quick and Easy Caramel Pecan Quinoa Breakfast Bowls (Two Ways)

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Quick and Easy Caramel Pecan Quinoa Breakfast Bowls (Two Ways)

 They say that going to the gym is not the hardest part of weight loss, it is actually sticking to a meal plan consistently over time. Top nutrition exerts will tell you that the biggest key to success is pre-making your meals and having them ready and on-hand for when you're hungry. So, today we're sharing two amazing breakfast quinoa bowls that are simple to make in no time flat! Each one is less than 300 calories and a great source of whole grain quinoa (also known as a super-grain) complete protein. It has all the building blocks of life so it's great for vegans and anyone who just wants to live well. Start by making the basic quinoa recipe. Then build that into the Caramel Pecan Quinoa base. This recipe will make a total of 6 bowls! That sets you up for the week. Or, add these to your list of things that freeze beautifully. Pop them in the freezer and just put them in the fridge at night before you go to bed to have them ready for breakfast. Easy stuff!

Basic Quinoa

Quinoa, rinsed| 1 cup

Water|2 cups water

salt to taste|1/4-1/2 tsp

Directions: Rinse quinoa with a fine mesh strainer. Combine water and salt in a 1 and a half quart (6 cups) capacity heavy pot with a tight-fitting lid and bring to a boil. Add the grain, cover the pot, and turn the burner to the lowest setting. Cook covered without stirring for 20 minutes.  Fluff. This will yield 3 cups cooked quinoa.

Caramel Pecan Quinoa Base

Cooked Quinoa| 3 cups

Vanilla| ½ tsp vanilla

Pecans, chopped| ¼ cup pecans

Coconut Sugar| 3 Tbsp.

Cinnamon| 1 Tbsp.

Ginger| 1/2 tsp.

Divide into 6 bowls, about 1/2 cup each

Estimated Nutritional Info per serving:

calories 171, Fat 5 g, Total Carbohydrate 28 g, Dietary Fiber 3 g, Sugars 7 g, Protein 5 g 

Caramel Pecan Tropical Carrot Cake Quinoa Bowl

Add per bowl:

Carrot, fine shredded|1/2 cup

Dole™ Pineapple, chunks with coconut gels|1/2 cup

Estimated Nutritional Information per serving: calories 254, Total Fat 5 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Carbohydrate 48 g, Dietary Fiber 4 g, Sugars 10 g , Protein 6 g   

Caramel Pecan Spiced Maple Peach and Blackberry Quinoa Bowl

Add per bowl:

Fresh Peach, diced|1 cup

Fresh Blackberries|1/4 cup

Maple Syrup| 1 Tbsp.

Estimated Nutritional information per bowl: calories 297, Fat 4 g ,Cholesterol 0 mg, Carbohydrate 62 g, Dietary Fiber 7 g, Sugars 36, Protein 6 g.