Friday, January 27, 2012

Quinoa Salad

Quinoa and Rice Salad Mark 2

Quinoa and Rice Salad Mark 1

I have been hearing about Quinoa for the past year or two...  in increasing frequency.  One day I bought some, in the "Health food" ( I question that definition) aisle of the supermarket and then it sat in my pantry for soooo long.  I just didn't know what to do with it!

Finally,  after asking around, I was told to just use it like cous cous.  As a side or a base.  So,  I took the plunge and decided to make a meal,  with some lamb, roast vegies and a yogurty sauce.  While it was cooking,  some family members began commenting on the smell.  As it neared the end of its simmering time,  I kid you not,  Mr JA (then aged 19 months) broke his leg!

As I sat there,  breastfeeding the poor little guy as he forced himself back down into sleep where the pain couldn't touch him,  Mr frillypants arrived home and I started firing off orders:  turn off the stove, pack some nappies and some crackers,  grab a water bottle...  and then off we went to the local hospital.  When we got home, it was after 9pm, Mr JA had a plaster cast from upper thigh to toe and everyone was hungry.  I made wraps that night,  with some quickly chopped vegies and pan-cooked lamb....  and the quinoa...  which had been patiently waiting in the saucepan for all those hours.

After that,  I didn't try to cook quinoa again for 4 months!  Now,  when I cook it,  the kids say "Oh! That smell reminds me of when Mr JA broke his leg!"  Every time.

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 cup Quinoa,  washed, soaked and rinsed 3 times.  (Yes, I mean it!! 3 times.)
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1-2 carrots; peeled and grated
  • 2 sticks celery; washed and finely sliced
  • 4-5 thin stalks of Asparagus*; washed and chopped
  • Half to one Choko; peeled, pipped and grated
  • Handful of Snowpeas**; washed and sliced diagonally
  • 2-3  Spring Onions; washed and finely sliced
  • Salad Dressing
OR....
  • 1/4 cup Rice Bran Oil
  • 1-2 cloves Garlic; crushed
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp Ascorbic Acid (or Citric Acid)
  • 1/4 cup water
METHOD:
  • Combine Salad Dressing ingredients in an old jar with a good lid and give it a really good shake to combine.  Set aside.
  • While Quinoa is rinsing and washing,  cook, drain and cool the Rice.
  • Cook Quinoa gently (2 cups of water for each cup of quinoa)
  • Drain and cool Quinoa
  • Combine cooked grains in a salad bowl
  • Add all vegies
  • Stir through Salad Dressing.
*Moderate Salicylates
**Moderate Glutamate


Verdict:
Mr Frillypants would be very happy if I served this every single day!  The kids love it, too.  The other night,  Ms D pulled a face when I told her it was Quinoa Salad for dinner...  then she went up for seconds!  Don't be fooled by this being a 'salad' dish...  this is filling and satisfying.    I have now used it as a side, along with a green salad and some meat, and as a stand-alone meal.  Bowls, splades, on laps outside in the evening cool after an afternoon at the beach.  (And a homemade Mexican-style beer for Mr frillypants and me.)


Tweeks:
Add any vegies you want or have in the fridge.  Experiment with cashews and legumes.  But, please...  tell me how it went!!!!

Oh,  by the way...  it's pronounced 'Kin-wah'.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Muesli

Muesli - Low chemical and additive-free
Here's a new one on  me...  breakfast recipe!  Ms C has long said she'd like to have muesli for breakfast,  but she can't because of the high chemical content of dried fruits and the particular fruits and nuts usually used in commercial muesli are the highest! 

But it all changed yesterday when I started my new life as the owner of a dehydrator.  I'll go into dehydrator detail on another day,  but for today,  let me say...  Hooray!  Ms C can have meusli.

So, this is what I put into her muesli today... I feel certain that I'll tweek it in the future.  So, if you have any suggestions,  please do tell!  I'm thinking that I could even do a toasted version.  And maybe add tiny bits of the pear leather I also made.

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups Rolled Oats (the less processed, the better)
  • 2 tabs Psyllium Husk
  • Handful of cashews, chopped
  • Dried Red Delicious Apple slices (equiv 1 apple),  chopped finely
  • Dried Pear slices (equiv 1 pear), chopped finely
Method:
  • Combine ingredients in air-tight container and shake well
  • Serve (about 1/3 cup) with cold or hot A2 milk (or substitute)
Verdict:
Mr frillypants and I tried this last night and thought it was very tasty.  Ms C was very excited to be having muesli and gobbled it down.  There was no moment of crashing disappointment.  It was exactly as she'd anticipated.  Yay!!  Muesli success.

Tweeks:
Like I said above....  there are so many things we can do with this and still keep it low chemical.  And 'What of the moderate chemical levels of the fruit?'  you ask.  Well,  I figure that one single apple,  between 4-5 meals is not going to be a problem.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Banana Ice-Cream - One Ingredient

Banana Ice-Cream - One Ingredient


My sister sent me this recipe and this link...  and it seems the author of that blog got it from her sister. So please...  pass this on to your sister, brother, mother, father, 2nd cousin.  This is just too good to keep to yourself...  I cannot believe I didn't already know this.  This is ice-cream that is Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Gluten-free, moderate-chemical (amines)....  made from just one ingredient.


Ingredients:

  • Bananas - peeled, cut into large chunks and frozen.

Method:

  • Process in food processor or Thermomoix until smooth and creamy
Now,  wasn't that easy?


Verdict:  Incredibly delicious!!!


Tweeks:  As we need to eat our bananas a bit on the greener-side, (amines increase with time/age)  I took my sister's advice to add a slurp of maple syrup and a dollop of plain yogurt.  Lovely!!  (Ms D says it reminds her of Banoffi Pie.  I will post a FAILSAFE version of that one day, too. ) Then today I received a text from a friend whose little one can tolerate amines, telling me she had added yogurt, a little cocoa and some caster sugar instead of the syrup.... and finished with OMG!!