Up until last month, I didn’t like quinoa. I’d had it twice, once hot and once cold, but both times it was bland, wierd and gritty. I wanted to like quinoa. Whole grains are important in a plant based diet, and I was sure quinoa could be useful. Then I learned something interesting – add your flavourings to quinoa BEFORE you add water to cook it. This is my favourite way to cook quinoa.
1 cup quinoa
1 cup water
1 tablespoon sesame/coconut oil (I cut this down to 2 tspns of sesame oil, and it works!)
1 teaspoon turmeric
salt and pepper
1 Toast quinoa in the oil and turmeric until you can smell the spices, and all the grains are well coated.
2 Add salt and pepper and stir again.
3 Add water. Bring to the boil and cook on a low heat for 12-15 mins. (Half cover the pan and stir at 10 mins to check all is well.)
The quinoa should puff up and all the water will be gone. Tip into another bowl. Fluff up with a fork and allow to cool.
This quinoa is tasty hot or cold, and a great way to get your daily turmeric, as well as being a whole grain.
Which leads us to kale…my delicious chickpea and spinach recipe https://wendysteele.com/?s=spinach+and+chick+peas
can be made with kale, but I’ve been looking for a way to eat kale raw, and Alyssa at Simply Quinoa gives a number of options. I’m working my way through them, and I’m sharing my favourite so far with you today. For more recipes, this is Alyssa’s YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKUDSBYR-rOFBflYGJ43Ixg
Kale and quinoa salad
1 cup red cabbage
1 cup grated carrot
½ cup quinoa (I used 1 1/2 cups)
4 cups chopped kale
¼ cup cashews
(I added ¼ cup raisins)
3 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons rice vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
1 whole lime, juice of (I used ½ lime)
¼ teaspoon maple syrup
1 In a large bowl check through kale and remove all hard stems. Add dressing and massage for 1-2 minutes. (I added half the dressing, then a little more, so didn’t use it all and saved it in the fridge)
2 Mix in the rest of the ingredients and it’s ready to eat, or chill in fridge.
This salad is a great way to tick off lots of boxes of your Daily Dozen! There’s veg and cruciferous veg, whole grains and nuts. In the photo you can see I added more salad, with tomatoes, rocket and beetroot, as well as pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
I hope this has inspired you to try quinoa and kale for yourself, and do share your favourite ways to eat them! See you soon for more recipes and updates on my Healthy Life journey.