Quinoa and Protein Pesto Bowl

Quinoa and Protein Pesto Bowl | read more at happilythehicks.com

I made this quick and easy dinner the other night and I knew it would be one I needed to share. The original recipe is from toneitup.com, but I added my own little twist to it and Isaac and I loved how it turned out! I am a fan of quinoa (which my dad likes to call quin-oh-ah), and I have found it to be a great way to substitute rice or pasta in recipes when I’m craving something starchy. This dinner was filling and the basil gave it a fresh taste that I love.

Quinoa and Protein Pesto Bowl | read more at happilythehicks.com

I am a firm believer in eating protein throughout the day, because it helps keep me full and I know my body loves it! I try to switch up the types of protein I eat so I don’t get tired of eating the same thing over and over again… Which is easy to do, trust me. In a normal day, I usually have some variation of eggs, protein powder (or Shakeology when I can afford it), chicken, fish, venison, ground turkey or veggie burgers. On occasion I’ll have a steak or some lean beef, but I try to limit that to about once a week. For this meal, I crumbled a veggie burger over my quinoa bowl, and cooked some venison back strap for Isaac’s in our cast iron skillet. It was the perfect way to finish off the quinoa bowls, and I was so happy with how it turned out.

What is your favorite go-to protein in recipes?

Quinoa and Protein Pesto Bowl | read more at happilythehicks.com

Quinoa and Protein Pesto Bowl

2 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
3 cups chopped spinach
2 Tbsp chopped basil (fresh)
1 tsp minced garlic
2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
8 oz cooked protein of choice (we had a veggie patty and venison)

Quinoa and Protein Pesto Bowl Ingredients | read more at happilythehicks.com

In a large bowl mix the quinoa, spinach, basil, garlic, onion powder, cumin, salt and pepper together. Divide into two bowls and top with your protein of choice!
Eat hot, warm or cold.

Servings: 2

This quinoa and protein pesto bowl is a great way to get in a lean, clean and green dinner your body will love! |  read more at happilythehicks.com

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  1. This looks so delicious! Definitely something both my husband and I would love!

  2. Small Town So(Lace) says:

    Oh yummy, now If I could only get my hubby to eat quinoa with me…. lol

  3. Chrissy Z. says:

    Yum! We love quinoa! Thank you!

  4. Natalie @ AFitPhilosophy.com says:

    This looks BOMB and something I’d totally eat for dinner all the time! YUM! PS – Did you use graphics for the arrows or did you use a graphic design tool? I love!

  5. Kati Rose says:

    I’ve been looking for more healthy easy meals and this incorporates a few of my favorite elements! Can’t wait to try it one of these spring/summer nights when I want something lighter.

  6. Yum! I had quinoa, chicken, veggies, and goat cheese the other night. I bet adding pesto to that would be amazing!

  7. Jessica Bradshaw says:

    I made my bowl a few nights ago and added some similar ingredients. (Great minds think alike). I was seriously surprised with how flavorful everything was. Great additions girlie!

  8. Cassandra says:

    I love quinoa and pesto so this looks absolutely delicious!

  9. Christina Rambo says:

    You had me at Pesto. Pinned this one. Thanks!

  10. Easy, healthy and delicious – my kind of recipe. This is truly a dish my entire family would love.

  11. Jessica Hughes says:

    This looks delicious! I am certainly going to try it!

  12. Michelle Mink says:

    okay i have got to try this! wow it looks amazing!

  13. Leah Hall says:

    This sounds and looks wonderful! Yum!

  14. Jenn Slavich says:

    This looks really good. I would substitute the red meat for some chicken. Great combo of veggies and flavor! Thanks for sharing.

  15. This looks so tasty! I love your overhead shot. :)

  16. Great overhead shot – so helpful! This looks so yummy and easy to accomplish. Can’t wait to try it.

  17. Miss Angie says:

    YUM! This looks delicious!

  18. Carly Ferguson says:

    This looks delicious! I love meals where everything can be thrown into a bowl :-)

  19. Liz Jo says:

    This looks sooo delicious!!! And easy to make.

    liz @ j for joiner

I'm becca, and I'm so glad you're here.

I'm a sinner saved by grace who loves staying active and eating healthy. I am married to my high school sweetheart, Isaac, and I'm mama to James and an adorable puppy named Lillie.

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