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22 Feb 2016

Hearty Leftover Lunch: Quinoa & Cauliflower Rice Bowl



I realize I’m in the minority because I happen to like the taste of sauerkraut.
Have I lost you yet?
As I scanned the fridge looking for something to whip together for lunch today, I found leftover quinoa, leftover cauliflower rice, and a jar of sauerkraut. I heated up the quinoa and cauliflower and topped the concoction with a hefty dose of hummus and sauerkraut. And for the cherries on top, a couple of black olives.
Anticipating the worst, I almost cringed as the fork approached my lips (strangely feeling like it was in slow motion)… and it was GOOOOOOD!
So good, I had to take a picture and tell you about it ASAP.
Perhaps I was excited that such a healthy lunch took a total of 3 minutes to prepare.
Or maybe I’m so tired that I’m not thinking straight.
It doesn’t matter. Here’s the recipe:

Quinoa & Cauliflower Rice Bowl
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup cauliflower rice
2 tbsp. hummus
2 fork fulls sauerkraut
2 olives
Add ons: I haven’t tried these yet, but I bet this tastes great with avocado, walnuts or any savoury topping. 

Mix the cooked quinoa with the cauliflower rice. Top with hummus, sauerkraut, olives and any other preferred topping. Enjoy! 

7 Health Benefits of Quinoa
In my opinion, quinoa and hummus go together like pb and jelly, so I knew that part would be a hit. I've tried various cauliflower rice recipes, and the one I happened to make last night had cumin, which worked perfectly with the other ingredients. And I'm always looking for ways to sneak fermented foods, like sauerkraut, into my diet. The meal is super high in fiber and plant-based protein, and my healthy gut microbiota is breeding away in celebratory bliss. By the way, a fiber-rich meal is an easy way to suppress and control appetite, and it helps to manage blood sugar levels.
All good. 

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