Busy Business Woman Needs Fast Food Quinoa Recipes

How to cook healthy foods like quinoa as fast food so that a healthy diet is more realistic for a busy working business owner


I don’t know if you know the answer to this question but I am trying to incorporate Quinoa into my diet and want to make it in some sort of portable form.

For example, I wonder if anyone has had success in cooking it (with some spices perhaps), frying patties of it in olive oil or guana butter, and putting patties in the freezer in zip lock bags so that they can be grabbed on the run to work, heated moderately in a microwave and eaten mid-morning.
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I am trying to find a way to make healthy foods in my own fast-food manner so that a healthy diet is more realistic for a busy working business owner.

Do you know if this way of cooking -freezing/reheating quinoa would keep it full of it’s nutrients? Do you know of other ways or foods that are high-nutrient that can be made into fast-food self-packaging, any books on this, etc.

Thanks for your help or guidance on this…J. R.

Savvy Vegetarian Advice:

Quinoa Recipe Ebook

Here’s a recipe for quinoa burgers that I developed in response to your letter.

Other quick quinoa recipes that you can make and take to work – not in baggies, but in serving size plastic containers which you can freeze or refrigerate:

Quinoa Tofu & Veggies (substitute beans for tofu if you like)
Quinoa Black Bean Salad (delicious! serve cold or warmed)
Quinoa With Almonds & Cranberries
Crockpot Quinoa Red Lentil Stew

Also try:

Lentil Loaf (sub quinoa for bulgar if you like)
Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Soups and stews are quick to make, and marvellous take along foods. They’re easy to make in large batches (think crockpot) and freeze or refrigerate in serving size containers. Savvy Veg has lots of substantial one dish meal type soup recipes.

Hummus, tempeh and baked or fried tofu are other quick veggie wrap or sandwich fillings with many other uses – very good to make in quantity and keep in the fridge for speedy meals.

I think you should be able to expand your food horizons a little without taking up a lot of time. Crockpots are wonderful time savers, pressure cookers, blenders and food processors likewise.

There is inevitably some loss of nutrients when freezing, fridging, storing, transporting & reheating home cooked foods, but in my opinion, the nutritional advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. Taking your own food to work is far healthier (and cheaper) than eating out.

When re-heating food in the microwave, of course, don’t use the plastic container, because plastic is Bad For You. Use a ceramic or glass container or dish, or paper plate or towel (not planet friendly however).

Be aware of food safety issues – food poisoning at the very least isn’t fun and can kill you. Re-heat food hot enough to kill nasty bacteria. Refrigerate or freeze foods promptly after cooking in sealed containers. Invest in a food thermos and/or an insulated food carrier to keep food cold until you can re-heat it, or hot so you don’t have to.

Books on fast veggie food for busy people – there are quite a few, actually! You’re not alone! Here are several I recommend:

Quick Fix Vegetarian by Robin Robertson
The 5 Ingredient Vegetarian Gourmet by Nava Atlas
30 Minute Vegan by Mark Reinfeld & Jennifer Murray

Judith Kingsbury, Savvy Vegetarian

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