Recipe of the Week: A Lean, Green Quinoa Bowl

Recipe of the Week: A Lean, Green Quinoa Bowl
Presented by Spartan Training®

Optimal performance, on and off the course, takes more than macronutrients. The micronutrients found in quinoa provide:

  • A complete protein source
  • Magnesium: Energy production, muscle contraction, nervous system function, protein formation
  • Phosphorus: Acid-base balance, hormone activation, energy production, and storage
  • Folate: Protein metabolism
  • Iron: Energy production, red blood cell formation, wound healing, immune function

Basic Lean, Green Quinoa Bowl


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped (substitute any of your favorite greens)
  • ½ cup pesto sauce
  • 2 Tbsp pine nuts
  • Pink Himalayan sea salt to taste


  1. In a large saucepan, bring quinoa and water to a boil. Reduce heat to low, then cover and reduce to a low simmer until quinoa is tender, about 15-20 minutes. Stir every few minutes to keep quinoa from sticking to bottom of the pan.
  2. Stir spinach into cooked quinoa. (The heat of the quinoa will wilt the spinach nicely.) Stir gently until mixed evenly.
  3. Stir in pesto sauce. Transfer to four bowls and top with pine nuts. Add sea salt to taste. Serve warm.

Recipe courtesy of @DaveSherotski

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