When the kids ask what's for dinner and I give them the answer (because I've finally got back on the menu planning wagon)... and then they screw up their noses and say "Awwwwww.... I don't want that!"..... I lose steam. Yes, some goes out my ears (ha ha) but I mean I lose momentum. Suddenly I don't feel like making it anymore and so I sit down and start looking online for inspiration. Then I notice I have some notifications on facebook.... then an email comes in... then I must update my status... then... I must comment on that hilarious picture about homebirth... then... then dinner is not made.
But Ms D saved the day when she suggested Risotto. Woohoo!!!! Yay!!! Oh... wait.... we don't have any arborio rice. (And really, that much cheese is not a good idea as far as amines go)... and then I wonder.... hmmmm.... I get excited all over again. Can I make risotto with quinoa? Thanks to google... I found a few recipes and decided I'd just follow my gut on it. So, here it is, a Quinotto?
- 1 cup white Quinoa ( rinsed 3 times)
- 1/2 - 1 Leek, finely diced
- 2-3 cloves Garlic, crushed
- 3-4 sticks Celery, finely sliced
- 1-2 Carrots*, finely diced (omit if not having Salicylates)
- 4-5 stalks Asparagus, sliced (leave aside until the end)
- 2 litres hot water
- 1 tab Vegetable Stock Concentrate
- 1 tsp Citric Acid
- 150-200g Ricotta cheese (preservative free!!)
- Extra Water if required.
- Wash the Quinoa and drain while you're slicing and dicing the vegies
- Put Leek, Garlic, Celery, Carrot into the Thermomix and sautée on 100ºC, 5 minutes, Reverse soft
- Put in Butterfly attachment
- In a separate jug, combine hot Water, Stock Concentrate and Citric Acid
- Put drained Quinoa and stock mixture into Thermomix
- Cook on 100ºC, 30 minutes, Reverse Speed Soft
- Add Ricotta cheese and stir for 3 minutes on Reverse Speed Soft
- Stir through with Asparagus in a serving bowl (eg Thermoserver)
- At this stage, I realised it was too gluggy and so I added some water from the kettle, until it I judged it to be right. You may not find this... but keep an eye on it.
Tweeks: Give those greens a try (even some Pak Choy?), maybe add some kidney beans for a different texture. Mr frillypants' meal was gluggy... again... because he ate about 30 minutes after the rest of us. That quinoa is very thirsty!