Quinoa Jambalaya

Refuel your body with this clean, protein-rich meal postworkout!
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You know it's important to refuel after your workout, here's a recipe that fits the bill for meal number one, post-weight workout. We've taken a classic New Orleans dish, jambalaya, and gave it a clean makeover. Toss in different fresh vegetables for a good dose of carbs, fiber and immune-boosting antioxidants. Here are three of our clean tweaks:

  • Quinoa is a quick-cooking, high-protein, fiber-rich whole grain.
  • Fatty andouille sausage is replaced by lean chicken sausage.
  • Extra protein and zinc comes from the super-lean, omega-3-rich shrimp

Quinoa Jambalaya

Ready in 30 minutes • Makes 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 low-sodium chicken sausage, sliced into 6 rounds (try: Trader Joe's)
  • 1/4 cup dry quinoa
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1/4 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 green onion, sliced thinly

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onion, zucchini, bell pepper, garlic and sausage slices for 5 minutes. Add the quinoa and toss to coat, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add broth and tomatoes to skillet and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the shrimp and cover the pan. Cook an additional 5 to 10 minutes, or until the shrimp are opaque and cooked through.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and place onto plates. Top with green onions. Serve.

Nutrients per serving: Calories: 400, Total Fats: 15 g, Saturated Fat: 3 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 125 mg, Sodium: 500 mg, Total Carbohydrates: 39 g, Dietary Fiber: 6 g, Sugars: 9 g, Protein: 24 g, Iron: 4 mg[/colored_box]

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