quinoa

CHICKEN & ZUCCHINI PATTIES CRUMBED WITH QUINOA FLAKES

Hello all

Over the weekend, I made these super easy patties for my daughter and husband. As a vegetarian, I didn’t get to personally taste them, however I was told they were delicious!

So what’s in them?

400g of chicken mince
1 x medium sized zucchini
2 x eggs
1 x cup quinoa flakes
Pepper & cumin to season
Olive oil

The simple instructions

1. Wash and cut the ends off the zucchini, then begin to grate and place in a bowl

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2. Add the chicken mince in with the grated zucchini and begin kneading the mixture with your hands. Beat the eggs and then add it to the mixture together with a sprinkle of pepper and cumin, then fold the mixture together using a fork

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3. Place a tablespoon of the mixture into your hands, roll it into a ball, then flatten into medallion shaped patties, dip it into the quinoa flakes, then set aside. Repeat until mixture is finished

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4. Place a pan
on high heat and add in a dash of olive oil

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5. Add in the patties and then turn the heat on low. When the flakes are golden brown, flip it over to cook evenly on both sides. On low heat, the patties should stay on the pan for approximately 10 minutes on each side

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6. Leave to cool and serve warm

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I made 10 patties by using only half the mixture so depending on the size of your patties, you should be able to make approximately 20 patties.

And there you go. Until next time…thanks for reading xx

GOLDEN SAVOURY PIKELETS

Hello lovelies and thanks for coming by my blog.

Fridays are my days off work leaving me more time to make fresh food for the little girl. This little girl is growing up fast and with that comes her own desire to be more independent with feeding herself during meal times.

So these days I’m making foods that will either stick to the spoon enough for it to land in her mouth and not the floor or I’m cooking foods that allow her to eat using her little hands. Aside from a happier munchkin, the result is more food in her tummy and less on the floor.

Savoury pikelets are fantastic as it’s quick and easy and you can be quite versatile with the vegetables you use.

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So what’s in them
?
1 cup of white quinoa
Half cup of frozen peas
3 eggs
Half cup of shredded cheddar cheese
Half cup of wholemeal flour
Olive oil

The simple instructions of how to make them

1. Rinse the quinoa and add it to the pan with double the amount of water. That is for 1 cup of quinoa, add 2 cups of water.

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2. When the water begins to boil, add in the frozen peas and leave on high heat.

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3. While the quinoa is cooking, beat 3 eggs and add in the cheddar cheese then mix well.

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4. Stir the quinoa and peas occassional until it cooks. If you feel that the texture of the quinoa is not soft enough then add a little more water.

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5. When the quinoa cooks and uses up all the water, transfer the contents into the egg mixture and add flour, then mix well.

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6. On high heat, add a little olive oil to the pan and add spoon fulls of the mixture into the pan. Cook for 2 minutes and flip the pikelets over then turn the heat down and leave the pikelets to cook for a few more minutes.

7. Transfer the pikelets on a paper towel lined plate to soak up the oil and leave to cool then serve warm.

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This mixture makes approximately 20 pikelets. Any pikelets that don’t get eaten can be put in a ziplock bag and heated up the next day.

I hope you and the little one enjoys this recipe.

Xx

BAKED STUFFED CAPSICUM

BAKED STUFFED CAPSICUM

Hello gorgeous people

Like most the last thing I want to do after a long day is cook. There were two capsicums in the fridge and some leftover quinoa and vegetable soup.  So being my spontaneous self I decided I’d use the leftover soup as stuffing and cook up some stuffed baked capsicum.

For some additional texture I added in cooked rice to the soup, mixed it thoroughly and then placed a few scoops into my halved capsicums.

I then placed the capsicum in a baking dish, surrounded it with some extra soup so it wouldn’t dry, sprinkled over some cheddar cheese and then wacked it in the oven.  I cooked it at 180 degrees celsius and had it in the oven until the cheese started the brown.

Served it up with some bread and garnished with spring onions. Soo good….so little effort.

I got a thumbs up from hubs and he hadn’t even realised that I had used the left over quinoa soup from several nights ago!  Something you may want to give a go with your leftover soup.

Thanks for reading xx

SPICED PUMPKIN, LENTIL & RED QUINOA SOUP

Hello lovelies

This was another super healthy and non-time consuming dish to make during the working week. I must admit, it was my first time making this dish and it tasted so good, I will be making this one a working week regular.

Whats in the soup?

:: Grains and vegies
Onion
Garlic
Ginger
Organic red quinoa
Cherry tomatos
Pumpkin
Canned organic lentils

:: Spices and flavouring
Cumin
Hot paprika
Organic agave nectar
Pepper
Powdered vegetable stock
Sea salt

::Garnish
Spring onlons
Hot peppers
Walnuts
Marys Gone Crackers

The simple directions

1. Rinse the quinoa as you would with rice once, then place the quinoa in a bowl with some water and set aside.

2. Finely chop up your garlic, onion and ginger and set aside. Then peel and wash up your butternut pumpkin and dice into cubes. Wash the cherry tomatoes and chop into halves and tomatoes and set aside. Open up your canned lentils and drain.

3. Heat up a non-stick pot/pan (high heat), add in some coconut oil (olive oil is fine) and then toss in the onion, garlic and ginger. Stir and let it lightly brown.

4. Once the onion, garlic and ginger is lightly brown, add in the pumpkin and tomatoes and stir for a few mins.

5. Add in pepper, cumin, hot paprika, powdered vegetable soup stock, organic agave nectar, salt and then thoroughly stir in with all the vegetables.

6. Once all the ingredients are mixed in together and lightly brown, add in water (1-2cms above the vegetables and place a lid on the pot on high heat. When the soup starts to boil, turn down the stove heat, drain the water from the quinoa and add it in the soup along with the lentils. On low heat, cover your pot/pan with a lid and let it all simmer until your quinoa and vegetables are cooked.

Thats it. Easy. Serve the soup with spring onions hot peppers, roughly chopped walnuts and crackers or toasted croutons.

The ginger tasted quite strong in this dish which is fine because I love ginger. However if you aren’t a fan then it’s just as easy to leave out.

Thanks for reading an hope you enjoy this recipe.

xx

TONIGHTS DIN DIN

Dinner is served. Spiced pumpkin, lentil and red quinoa soup topped with spring onions, hot peppers, walnuts and Marys gone crackers. So yummy. More details on the blog later in the week.

PAY FOR WHAT YOU EAT

The Price on What You Eat…

Hello gorgeous

I made a trip to my local Wholefoods store today and splurged on 1 green bag full of both organic and vegan groceries. It totalled to a smidge over $170. Ouch!

Not everything I eat is organic although organic is my preferance. I am prepared to pay the price if it means a healthy and cruelty free dietary intake. It also helps that I have the luxury to do so. That said the price of organic isn’t in fact much more than what I pay at the supermarkets.

The groceries I purchased are just divine and included quinoa, goji berries, coconut butter, dried blueberries, chia bran and more.

I did however question ‘how good is it really if its all packaged and canned?’ So I did some research on organic packaged foods and look what I found. http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/100-cleanest-packaged-food-awards-2013-organic

I haven’t really been able to come across any evidence to suggest that because organic food is packaged that it is any less good for you. But lets just say if I wasn’t for convenience I would be making my own cashew butter rather than buying it.

Xx

VEGETABLE QUINOA CASSEROLE

This happens to be tonights dinner and my final post for the day. Did I seriously prepare and cook all the food in todays posts?! Yes I did and as long as I have the time this is what I prefer to do. The most beautiful aspect of this casserole is that my whole family can eat it, including my little one. As you can see in the last picture of this post, I have garnished the casserole with parmesan cheese which she loves but otherwise its vegan friendly.

Like most of the dishes I make for my little one, the ingredients are mainly organic, has zero processed sugar and salt and also easy to freeze. So for sheer convenience her meals are just about all ready to heat and serve.

If you haven’t tried quinoa, its just as easy as cooking rice and absolutely packed with goodness your body will love.

The ingredients
Organic pumpkin
Organic zucchini
Organic kidney beans
Organic white quinoa
Onion
Ginger
Garlic
Ground cumin
Organic coconut oil
Organic agave nectar
Water

xx