Loving Me Some Quinoa

25 01 2012

Before switching to a plant based diet, I had never heard of the stuff.  I’m just learning to pronounce it now – Ki:nwa.  I came across this several weeks ago in a ready made microwavable bag.  I decided rather than microwave it, I would stuff peppers with it, add tomato sauce, onion and ground veggie crumble.  It was beyond fantastic!  I really enjoyed the taste and have come back to it several times since.  I figured I’d share it with some of you who may never of had the chance to try it.  Be brave!  It’s so worth it!  Find it in the health food aisle of your grocery store, next to the rice.

Quinoa is not a true grain although it looks like one.  It is more closely related to beets and spinach.  It has been consumed by people in south america for the last 3-4 thousand years and herding animals have eaten it for nearly twice as long.

It is reported that the Incas believed the crop to be sacred.  They referred to it as “chisaya mama” or the “mother of all grains”.  Spanish colonists forbade them from growing it though and Quinoa was nearly lost forever.

A friend recently sent me this Quinoa breakfast recipe and it looks fantastic.  I can’t wait to give it a try!

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Quinoa Protein Breasfast Bowl

1 C rinsed quinoa
¼ C toasted unsweetened coconut flakes
¼ C toasted slivered almonds, walnuts or pecans
¼ C golden raisins or cranberries
2 T hemp seeds
1 t cinnamon
Pinch cardamom
1 T agave or maple syrup
Dash sea salt
Unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk

Cook 1 cup quinoa with 2 cups water in a rice cooker or pot. When quinoa is cooked, add coconut, almonds, raisins, hemp seeds, cinnamon, cardamom, maple syrup or agave, and sea salt and mix together.

Top with almond or coconut milk to your liking.

This protein-rich breakfast is great for the whole family. Feel free to customize the ingredients. Add fresh berries, bananas, apples or applesauce, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dates, prunes, or whatever strikes your fancy.
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Had a monthly sushi lunch with my brother today.  Some plant based diet I’m on,  huh?  Meat lovers pizza on Saturday and all you can eat Sushi on Tuesday.  That’s right, all you can eat sushi for $20.  And its damn good quality for the price.  I started the meal off with two bowls of seaweed salad and a large bowl of vegetable udon soup.  This ensured that the sushi we ordered would not be followed by even more sushi (as is typically the case).  Two cheat meals in one week.  That should do me for a good month or so now.

There are some interesting things in store for this blog.  i’ll be looking forward to sharing them with you soon.
In the meantime, i can be reached here: johnnysized@gmail.com  or feel free to leave a comment.


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4 responses

25 01 2012
Rob

made it this morning…almonds, rasins, cinnamon, almond milk. will try the coconut variation next time

25 01 2012
johnnygee77

So what did you think?

25 01 2012
Rob

it was great….and i imagine that i will like it even better with coconut flakes and milk

25 01 2012
johnnygee77

Yeah I can’t wait to make this!

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