Quinoa is a highly nutritious food from South America which was considered in the past , the Inca's Gold. Quinoa was considered sacred and was used by the Incas in their rituals ( because I am fascinated with the Inca culture, I had to write this).
Quinoa is a type of grain, rich in protein and amino-acids that can easily replace any type of cereal. Covered with saponin which gives the grains a bitter taste, it should be washed before cooking. What I consider very interesting is the fact that Quinoa can offer an important source of calcium for bones teeth and skin. This type of grain can be consumed by those who are allergic to wheat. For today, we tried 2 recipes with this magic, sacred Quinoa. The first one (for greedy toddlers) is, of course, for my daughter and as I could not help myself, I added a lot of green yummies... because it's cold and I miss Spring. For this, you will need: - 1/2 leek or 1 spring onion - 1 garlic clove - a bunch of parsley leaves - frozen peas (or fresh ones...yum) - olive oil - 1 cup Quinoa For seasoning and garnishing you will need ~ lemon, yogurt, pink Himalayan salt and any king of herbs, such as basil, rosemary, etc.~
Tip: try not to spill the quinoa (like myself), these little ones will "dance" all over the kitchen... they're unstoppable...really. You start by chopping the leek (or spring onion), garlic clove and the parsley leaves into small pieces. Heat the olive oil in a pot and add all the ingredients mentioned above. Cook for 2-3 minutes until they are softened After this, you can add the quinoa and the peas and cover with water. (I reckon you should use 2 cups of water). Leave on medium heat,for 15-20 minutes, until the quinoa starts sucking up the water. Then add the seasoning you want. For the seasoning I used a mix of condiments: turmeric, sage, basil, oregano, garlic powder, ginger powder and rosemary. You can purchase it online from the www.pastaidevanilie.ro website (it's called FOOD BRAIN) Also, I always add a bit of pink Himalayan salt to my daughter's meals beacuse Himalayan salt contains the same 84 trace minerals and elements that are found in the human body, that alone is quite impressive... When it's finished, serve in a bowl leave it to chill, add a spoon of yogurt on top (I used homemade yogurt) and a couple of dashes of lemon juice. Enjoy little ones! Tomorrow I will reveal the other Quinoa recipe...but this time, spicier,more colorful, more... for adults. I'll give you sneak peek (pic) of it. Until tomorrow... (.cont)