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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Toasted Quinoa w/ Avacado, sauteed Mushrooms & Lemon pulp

Yummmmm.....Oops I was just daydreaming about my scrumptious din din last night :) So LOVE Quinoa 'Although not a common item in most kitchens today, quinoa is an amino acid-rich (protein) seed that has a fluffy, creamy, slightly crunchy texture and a somewhat nutty flavour when cooked. Quinoa is available in your local health food stores throughout the year.' I suggest getting it from the Bulk Barn...another thing I love. They have organic quinoa and it is so much cheaper than the grocery store, and I then transfer it to a recycled glass container (maybe an old pasta sauce jar) and store in the fridge. For more info on quinoa, check out and search quinoa.

So getting down to business, here is the recipe. You will need 1/2 cup of quinoa (this will make 2-3 portions), 1 cup of water OR low sodium vegetable broth. My super fantastic man friend made some tasty homemade veg broth, even better since we know every little thing going in. 1/2 of an avocado cubed, 6-8 button mushrooms (or any kind, but obviously not 8 Portobello’s...too much!!), olive oil and the squeeze of 1/4 lemon, salt/pepper/oregano/cayenne to taste. That’s it. So to create this yum yum dish get a pan hot at a medium heat, add in quinoa to dry pan, constantly tossing the quinoa around so it doesn't burn. Do this for about 5 min till you get a nice toasted aroma. From there put the quinoa and veg broth in a pot and bring to a boil. Simmer and cover until cooked about 8-10 min. In a separate pan sauté the sliced mushrooms in a splash of olive oil over medium. When they are cooked, place on a paper towel to allow some of the oil to come off. Cube 1/2 avocado. When quinoa is cooked, add in the avocado, mushrooms, squeeze of lemon and spices to taste....and thats it!! So tasty, filling and fast!! ENJOY!! In the picture you will see I served it with some lightly steamed cauliflower which I topped with a little Earth Balance Organic Buttery yummy...dairy free obviously. You can get this at major grocery stores in the health food isle. I experimented with a sauce for the cauliflower which was made up of blended tahini (Sesame paste), cayenne pepper, brown rice syrup and some other items, but I will post when it is perfected...until then love and live in fitness. Oh and p.s. those are my kitties...they are so weird, this is how I found them, Ollie is the one is spread eagle form and Zeus is all cuddled by Ollie's butt...coo coos!! 

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