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Breakfast Quinoa

Quinoa, you either love it or you hate it. I’ve heard a lot of people comment that they don’t like the bitter after taste of quinoa, but I think you need to find the right recipe to enjoy this grain, which isn’t really a grain but a seed. There are hundreds of ways to cook it, as a salad, as a side dish and even as a breakfast cereal. It’s definitely worth giving it a try, it has so many health benefits: it’s loaded with fiber, minerals and protein and doesn’t contain any gluten. It has been included in the superfood group.

I’ve already shared two quinoa salad recipes in the past (Sweet Corn & Quinoa with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette and Quinoa and Apple Salad with Curry Dressing), but this time I have something different for you. Try it as a breakfast cereal. You cook it in milk, and add sweetener (such as stevia or honey), and once it is cooked mix in lots of berries. You can eat it warm, or make a batch to keep in the fridge and eat it cold with some extra milk (it gets thick, you’ll want to add some extra milk). I’m not writing this post because quinoa is trendy, but because I really like having this for breakfast. Honest. It has a nutty flavor, I love the texture, and it keeps me full all morning. As a variation for the topping, you can try peaches and slivered almonds.

My only recommendation is, watch the pot!  You’re cooking with milk, so keep an eye on it. You don’t want to ruin your morning by having milk boil over and make a mess out of your stove.

Update:  We were discussing this post with our friends, and one of them mentioned that in the procedure process I forgot to include that quinoa has to be washed (up to three times) before cooking.    I have never done so, but I noticed that on the box I buy, it doesn’t ask you to wash it since it is already pre-washed to take away the saponin that makes it bitter.   So, read the instruction from the particular brand of quinoa you purchase to know if you have to rinse it first, or not.

 

Helga

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Banana Ice Cream

Banana ice cream? Why not? – I thought. It looked simple enough, and it was! This is a one ingredient recipe, you only need to get yourself a few bananas, let them ripen but not to the point where they get too many dark spots on the peel. I am particular about bananas, I don’t like the taste they get when they are a little too ripe.  Freeze the bananas, cut them into chunks and put them in the food processor. Processing them when they are frozen yields a surprisingly creamy texture, it really does take like there’s cream or milk in there.

This is a great dessert for anyone, even babies can have this!  It’s nothing but frozen bananas, which is a very good alternative if you’re trying to keep away from sugary sweets… but have a sweet tooth! (Don’t we all)

Now that I have tested the basic banana recipe, I am of course going to play around with it and try different alternatives such as peanut butter-banana ice cream (add 3 tablespoons and a little cinnamon),  strawberry-banana ice cream, chocolate-banana… and let’s see what else I come up with.

Helga

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Beef and Bean Stir-fry

As you know, I am constantly looking for easy and healthy recipes for my weekday cooking so when I find a really good one, you know I’ll want to share it with you. Nowadays, I also need to make sure that the recipes I use at home pack lots of protein and nutrition for my Crossfit loving husband. This Beef and Bean Stir-fry has it all, it’s full of flavor and it was good enough for my 5-year-old to eat without complaints. I used regular white beans for this, because that is what I had at home.

Next time, I would use the larger variety (white kidney beans), just because I think they make the dish look more appealing. Among the ingredients you’ll find orange juice and ginger. These are the ingredients that take this dish to another level, so don’t skip them! Make sure you use natural orange juice, I squeezed a couple of oranges to get what I needed and also used some of the zest for a little extra flavor.

If you have kids at home like me, set their portion aside before adding chili pepper as a final touch.

Helga

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