Lentil Quinoa Stir Fry

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For those of you that have kids, you know how nice it is when your child eats all their dinner and asks for seconds.  Especially when it is no where near “kid food”. Alyssa asked for seconds and Cassidy was doing the sign language for more when her bowl was empty. And when Alyssas was gone she said “Do we have leftovers? Because I want the same thing tomorrow for dinner”. That’s really rare since Alyssa is just like Dave, not a leftovers fan (weirdos, I love them). I went to the computer right away and typed up the recipe so I didn’t forget what random ingredients I threw together. I have since repeated it and the recipe is very forgiving. If you don’t have the specific vegetables on hand, substitute. Don’t have ground beef? Use ground turkey. No quinoa, use millet.

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Lentil Quinoa Stir Fry

Makes 4-6 servings

1 cup lentils

1/2 cup quinoa

2 cups reduced sodium chicken or vegetable broth

1 tsp olive oil

1 cup chopped carrots

2 stalks celery, chopped

1 large red pepper, chopped

1/2 pound lean ground beef

1/4 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup diced tomatoes, canned or fresh

2 Tbs balsamic vinegar

1/2 tsp dried thyme

1/8 tsp ground pepper

1/16 tsp salt

1/4 cup sunflower seeds for garnish

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Chop all veggies.

Place olive oil, garlic, onion, celery, carrots, and ground beef in a skillet and cook until beef is browned and veggies are starting to soften, about 10 minutes.

Add all other ingredients besides quinoa and sunflower seeds and simmer for 20 minutes.

Add quinoa and simmer another 20 minutes.

Check to make sure it doesn’t dry out. If it does, add a little more chicken broth.

Portion into serving bowls and sprinkle sunflower seeds on top.

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Variations:

Vegetarian: omit the ground beef, keep everything else the same. The lentils and seeds provide plenty of protein.

Grain free: omit the quinoa

Soup: Add 1.5 cups more broth

Nutritional Information (for 4 very large servings):

calories: 425

fat: 8.5 g

sodium: 246 (10%)

carbohydrates: 53 g

dietary fiber: 19 g

sugars: 8 g

protein: 35 g

Check out all that fiber, thats a sign of a great whole food meal right there.

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