I have been working on turning my house into a healthy-eating zone for the last few months. It has been interesting to see the changes.
One food I thought I would NEVER try, was quinoa. In fact, when I pinned this recipe I figured I could sub out the quinoa with something else. To me, quinoa (Keen-wah) looks something like a cross between rice and oatmeal…two foods I don’t appreciate, at all.
But, when I was at the Bulk Barn getting food I walked past the bin of quinoa and before I could talk myself out of it scooped up about a cup of the grains. I figured if I didn’t like it it was only a cup and wouldn’t break the bank or anything, lol.
Surprisingly, I liked it, to an extent (it’s better than rice or oatmeal). Even more surprising is that my husband liked it as well! But then he likes rice…and oatmeal…so I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised.
The recipe can be found at BestHealthmag.com
There were a few things I changed…here are the ingredients as listed on the website:
1 cup (250 mL) quinoa, cooked
1 cup (250 mL) canned lentils, drained and rinsed –I forgot these!
1/2 cup (125 mL) broccoli, finely chopped
1/2 cup (125 mL) cilantro, finely sliced – I didn’t have this so I didn’t add it..
1 tsp (5 mL) ground cumin
1 tsp (5 mL) ground ginger
2 tsp (10 mL) ground turmeric
2 tbsp (30 mL) lime juice – I used lemon instead as I didn’t have lime juice
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tbsp (30 mL) flaxseed oil – I may have used coconut oil instead (can’t remember) because I don’t keep this in stock either
pinch crushed chili flakes
1 cup (250 mL) diced tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste
4 medium bell peppers, tops removed, cleaned out
These were soooo good! Even when re-heated the next day they were just as good. I would probably half the recipe next time. I think, too, I had way too much quinoa because (duh moment) I forgot that one cup of uncooked quinoa equals like 3 cups of cooked or something like…anyways, I had a lot!
My husband thinks it’s absolutely hilarious that I’ve been taking pictures of our meals. But, seriously, this is ROCKET SCIENCE for me, people! I like to bake but I’m not a huge fan of cooking (if you can tell from all the recipes I’ve posted). So cooking healthy is a HUGE deal. I spend like 75% of my day in the kitchen (which I dislike) but the results are totally worth it. I’ve been telling my husband for months now that when we start looking for a house a proper kitchen is at the TOP of the list…like #1 on the list. It’s a must for this girl.
So, don’t be afraid to try quinoa! You might just like it (you kinda cook it just like rice but I found some great tutorials online to figure it out).