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Easy, healthy recipe – super food quinoa

If you’re anything like me you like food, but you’re super lazy when it comes to the actual cooking of the food. Don’t get me wrong, it can be fun to cook when you’re with your friends, talking and laughing over a glass of wine. But when I’m alone, I want to eat my food, not stand in the kitchen for an hour. Because of that, I’ve become the queen of quick, easy, and healthy recipes. Yup, the lazy food lovers have bent the knee for me, and I’m pretty much the Khaleesi of lazy cooking. So, in honor of that I want to share with you this easy, healthy recipe using super food quinoa.

Before we start I want to, again, point out that I’m pretty lazy. Not only when it comes to the actual cooking, but also when it comes to the dishes. It should be easy to clean up your mess, and this recipe just requires one pot, and if you have a non stick pot it’s even easier to clean up. You know what that means, right? A true win-win situation if you ask me!

Easy healthy recipe

Why is quinoa a super food?

Quinoa is a grain that has been dominating the western world with the claims of being the baddest health food around town. If you don’t eat quinoa, are you even a real health blogger!? Before it reached the western world, and got all trendy, quinoa has been a staple in Peru and Bolivia since, pretty much forever. It’s the typical colonization story. Westerners always try to take credit for amazing things that aren’t theirs in the first place… Either way, we are happy that quinoa turned its 15 minutes into being a true icon.

Health benefits of quinoa

First of all I can’t be the only one who really likes the name of quinoa? I mean it feels good as you say it. Quinoa. Almost like a mysterious love spell or the name of a beautiful mythical creature. This versatile grain comes in more than one version. We can find red, white, and black quinoa. What they all have in common is that they contain a lot of plant based protein, fiber, antioxidants, and all the 9 essential amino acids, making this grain the perfect protein alternative for veggie lovers. Oh, and it’s completely gluten free. Quinoa just keeps ticking all the health boxes.

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For this healthy quinoa recipe, we will be using white quinoa since it’s the version which cooks the fastest. We’re all about speed here!

Ingredients

1 cup of white quinoa.
2 cups of water.
1/2 can of crushed tomatoes.

Vegetables of choice, I used:

Peas.
Spinach.
Kale.
Sweet corn.
Red bell pepper.
Sauerkraut.

Spices:

Salt.
Pepper.
Turmeric.
Grated ginger.
Oregano.
Cayenne pepper.

Cooking instructions

As mentioned before, this recipe is as easy as as a college kid, super drunk at their first frat party. What you need is a pot and a ladle. Simply add you quinoa to the pot, and add the water. Let it boil up, then lower the heat, and let it cook uncovered for about 10 minutes. When the water is all soaked up by the quinoa, add in some crushed tomatoes, the spices, and all the veggies. Let it simmer until it gets the consistency you like and then BAM, it’s show time! Finish off by adding some sauerkraut on top of the dish. You don’t want to heat up sauerkraut since it kills the healthy bacteria.

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Enjoy your healthy quinoa dish!

Vóila my dear friends! This recipe is super easy, healthy, comes with minimal cleaning efforts, and most importantly, it’s delicious. Please let me know if you try it out!

Sources

http://www.fao.org/quinoa-2013/what-is-quinoa/origin-and-history/en/?no_mobile=1

Lentil bolognese

Pasta bolognese was a childhood favorite that made its way on to the dinner plate at least once a week. If it wasn’t my mom whipping up her amazing bolognese, it was definitely on the lunch menu in school.

The bolognese isn’t only a popular dish, but we all have our own twist on it. Some people prefer it more tomatoy, while others like it richer with heavy cream and wine. My mom loved it because it made it the perfect dish to sneak in veggies into, such as grated carrots and zucchini. Italian or not, everyone loves a good bowl of hearty bolognese!

Pasta and sauce it a combo that can’t go wrong, and bolognese is probably the most popular sauce to get up close with our dear pasta. The only thing that kinda sucks with a classic bolognese is that the main ingredient is mince. Meat. Beef. Cow. I ain’t about that life, so instead I’m going to share with you a plant based, easy, just as delicious lentil and mushroom bolognese recipe. Not to mention way more nutritious!

Red lentils are perfect as a mince replacement since it tends to break apart when cooked, creating that “mincy” texture. Mushrooms adds some extra chewyness and that umami flavor to tie it all together.

Serve it together with some grated zucchini and fresh spinach to get a pop of freshness, and with a side of your carbohydrate of choice.

Ingredients

1/2 shallot
1 dl red lentils
3 dl water
Mushrooms
Zucchini
Spinach
Tomato paste
Ginger
Black pepper
Turmeric
Cayenne pepper
Curry powder
Salt

Instructions

1. Cut up your onion and fry it in some oil or water until translucent. Add in grated ginger and all the spices.

2. Add in your lentils and the water. Let boil and then lower the heat and let cook for about 10 min. Keep an eye on it and add in some extra water if it gets to dry. You don’t want to burn this bad boy!!

3. Add in your mushrooms and let them wilt down in the lentil stew. Taste off, and add in more spices if you feel like it needs more sting.

4. Squeeze in some tomato paste and mix it all up.

5. Serve lentil bolognese on a bed of spinach and grated zucchini, and voila! Enjoy!

I ate this together with sweet potatoes, but you can feel free to eat it with rice or pasta or whatever you want if you feel like the veggies alone won’t fill you up.

It’s easy peasy to turn your childhood favorites into healthier, plant based alternatives. Not to mention, its way cheaper as well! You simply can’t go wrong with that! If you try out this recipe, let me know what you think about it.

Creamy pasta recipe

Creamy and pasta are two words that can never go wrong together. As the fall is in full bloom we want to snuggle up with a bowl of warm, cozy comfort food. This creamy pasta recipe definitely hits the spot!

This is a super simple one pot meal recipe. You simply put all the ingredients in one pot and watch the magic happen. Not only is it easy, but also yummy and nutritious. Made with only plant based ingredients, and easy to make gluten free or higher in protein depending on what pasta you chose.

Ingredients:

2 dl pasta of choice

5 dl plant based milk of choice

Green peas (frozen or fresh)

Spinach / kale (frozen or fresh)

1 tbs soy sauce or Tamari

Oregano

Salt

Pepper

Turmeric

Chili powder

Instructions:

Start by adding your pasta and milk to a pot on high heat. Cook up and lower to low/medium heat as the milk starts to boil. Make sure to stir it occasionally to not burn. Add your spices and the soy sauce. As the pasta starts to thicken and become ready, add in your peas and greens (kale or spinach). Let it wilt down into the creamy goodness and voila! You’re done. Devour right away!