Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Featured Articles, Recipes | 2 comments

Blue Cheese, Beets and Quinoa for Meatless Monday A-Z

This is my first installment of Meatless Monday A-Z hosted by Heather Blackmon.  She’s another great FitFluential Ambassador and I follow her Instagram feed.  She always has some great food pictures so I thought I’d give this a try.  This month’s challenge involves “queso” or cheese and raisins.  This week I’ll be sharing a recipe I made with blue cheese.  Next week I’ll hopefully share a recipe with raisins.

blue cheese beets quinoa

The idea for this recipe came to me while cooking dinner.  We’ve been having a lot of rice lately and I had just read someone else’s post about cooking quinoa.  If you’ve never had it before, I urge you to try it.  Quinoa has many health benefits including a high protein content, there’s 24 grams of protein in 1 cup!  When cooking with quinoa make sure to rinse it first.  Also, I always use a mixture of chicken broth and water to boil the quinoa, this way it flavors it while cooking without having to add salt.

Meatless Monday A-Z: Blue Cheese, Beets and Quinoa
  • cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup steamed beets
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped red onion
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp crumbled blue cheese
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and serve.



I normally roast beets for what seems like an eternity, but while reading an old issue of Real Simple magazine I saw that you could chop beets and steam them for about 10 minutes instead.  So, I decided to try that and it worked out great.  The beets steamed while everything else was cooking.  I used blue cheese because that’s what I had in my fridge.  I’m sure you could substitute it with feta or even goat cheese.

Have you had quinoa?


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2 Responses to “Blue Cheese, Beets and Quinoa for Meatless Monday A-Z”

  1. I usually make my quinoa with veggie stock – I love the depth of flavors that stocks have. Eventually I’d love to have enough time to make my own. Haha! :)

    Love the combination of flavors you used in this creation!

  2. I have a thing for cheese and this sounds yummy. Must say I’ve never heard of rice vinegar though?

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