Smart Energy Eats | 6 Coenzyme Q10 Recipes

You are what you eat. Though this adage may not be completely literal, each cell in your body is fueled by the nutrition you take in. Your cellular power plants turn food into energy via a complex TCA cycle, and the molecule coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a key ingredient in this process. Your body produces CoQ10 naturally. It’s also found in several food sources—primarily fish, poultry, and meat, but also a few vegetarian options such as broccoli, cauliflower, olive oil, and certain beans and nuts.

Here’s five of our favorite delicious, and nutritious, recipes with one or more ingredients featuring CoQ10. Try them to not only fuel your body’s cellular energy production process, but to also feel like quite the accomplished chef with each uniquely presented plate. While coenzyme Q10 is a staple nutrient for clean, consistent cellular energy, if you’re searching for ways to fuel up on any given day, look no further than these seven foods. We’re using three of them today!*

6 CoQ10 Infused Recipes

Low-Carb Cauliflower Scramble

Cauliflower and eggs are both sources of CoQ10 and make for a delicious wake-me-up when combined with freshly grated parmesan and cayenne pepper.

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • ¼ tsp. salt, or to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. butter


Place cauliflower in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, 7–10 minutes. Drain and mash in a bowl until smooth. Mix in cheddar and parmesan cheese, eggs, cayenne pepper, and salt. Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat and pour mixture into hot butter, cooking for about 5 minutes until golden. Flip cauliflower scramble, stirring and cooking for another 10 minutes until mixture is crumbly.

Broccoli-Quinoa Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

It’s difficult to dislike broccoli dressed up this well. Parsley, pistachios, tarragon, shallots, and fresh lemon juice combine to make this complex and complementary take on quinoa.

Buttermilk Dressing

  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp. fine sea salt, or to taste
  • Pinch of ground black pepper, or to taste


  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 small heads of broccoli, cut into bite-size florets
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • ½ cup parsley, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup tarragon, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • Kosher salt, to taste


Buttermilk dressing: Whisk all ingredients in a bowl, seasoning with salt and black pepper to taste. Cover and chill for up to five days.

Salad: Stir together shallot and 2 Tbsp. buttermilk dressing in a small bowl and set aside. Cook broccoli in a large pot of boiling, salted water until crisp-tender, about one minute. Transfer broccoli into a bowl of ice water to cool. Drain broccoli and place on a towel-lined baking sheet. Return water in pot to a boil and cook quinoa until slightly al dente, about 12 minutes. Drain and toss with 2 Tbsp. buttermilk dressing in a large bowl and season with salt to taste. Let cool. Add dressed shallot, broccoli, parsley, tarragon, pistachios, and 2 Tbsp. buttermilk dressing to quinoa and toss to combine.

One-Pan Lemon and Herb Roasted Rainbow Trout with Broccoli and Tomato

Any time you can cook in a single pan is a win in my book. This dish combines the delicious zest of citrus with rainbow trout and broccoli, two sources of CoQ10. Get the full recipe.

Herring with Orange and Pumpkin

Here’s a Danish-inspired dish for the MasterChef hopefuls out there. Not only is this fish plate gorgeous, it includes superfoods like apple vinegar and pumpkin (which is good for a lot more than lattes).  Get the full recipe.

Marinated Beets with Pistachios and Tarragon

This simple beet dish is visually striking, full of nutrient-rich ingredients, and can marinate well ahead of serving time. Get the full recipe.

Strawberry-Orange Salad with Mint and Citrus Syrup

Five simple ingredients make up this simple, sweet treat. Swap out the brown sugar for an alternative sweetener and you’ve got a refreshingly healthy dessert. Get the full recipe.

Food for Thought

While there’s no recommended daily dose of CoQ10, there is evidence that adding more to your diet may be beneficial. And as we age, our bodies produce less CoQ10. For a simple way to incorporate more of this mighty molecule into your diet, consider a high-quality supplement such as USANA’s CoQuinone® 30. With an optimal blend of highly absorbable CoQ10 and alpha lipoic acid, it’s potent cellular support you can feel good about.*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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