Quinoa fever has struck the nation. I won’t bother boring you with the nutritional facts as they are being talked about everywhere.
Among the reasons that we are using Quinoa a lot in our household is they taste so good AND they are much better than rice toward keeping my blood sugar in the normal range. This is probably because quinoa is not a true grain, but a seed, so you get all that protein, vitamins and minerals and not the diabetic unfriendly side effects of grains.
For many years, one of my favorite recipes is Kedgeree, a dish of East India origins that was brought back home by the British from their Indian colonization days.
The traditional vegetarian recipe used pinto beans and rice for their delicious taste. Rice hasn’t been working out for me, so I set out to modernize a bit. All I did was add lentils and quinoa instead- and the result is even better than the original formulation. In fact, it is “Bob APPROVED”. Hey, I do whatever I can to keep my garden volunteers happy!
BTW- I spend a little time at the beginning of the week to soak and cook grains & beans for the week. They keep well in the fridge and I can toss them into so many foods. Easy Peezy. For quinoa, I use the rice cooker.
Kedgeree Curry with Lentils & Quinoa (with optional toppings)
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp soy sauce
½ cup water
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
¼ cup Onion, Chopped
1 Tbsp Curry Powder (or your favorite curry)
2 cups pinto beans (or your favorite cooked beans)
3 cups combination of cooked quinoa and lentils (love trader joe black lentils in the bulk section)
First, add the lemon juice, soy sauce and water together in a small bowl.
Heat the oil in a large skillet and add the curry. Stir to mix.
Add the beans and stir, then the quinoa and lentils.
Pour the liquids on top and stir in well. Serve hot!
Toppings we love:
Diced Hard Cooked Eggs
Sliced Green Onions
Sauteed Kale is delicious with this dish and rounds it out really well. I just fry in a little olive oil, garlic and slivered onions. Yum!
- Easy Quinoa Pilaf (createwholehealth.com)
- Healthy Recipe: Curry-Soy Lentil Veggie Stir-Fry (runstretchgo.wordpress.com)
- Chicken, Lentil and Quinoa “Tacos” (ediblehealth.wordpress.com)