Tag Archives: quinoa

Quinotto, Millotto, Farotto…

QuinottoDSC_5132We love Risotto. Treated like a delicacy in restaurants, it is fast, tasty and satisfying, we serve it quite often, and surely we will bring risotto to the Thanksgiving table.
Traditional recipes ask for peeled round grain Arborio rice. Great alternatives however, are other seeds and grains. I sometimes blend my ‘risotto’ with millet or quinoa, as they cook very fast. Another great thing to try instead of rice is soaked grains, such as Farro, which may cook a little longer. Brown rice, which needs longer cooking, should be made ahead of time, then blended it in the last stage of the risotto.
Pictured is a version of Quinotto, a variation made with quinoa, asparagus and brussels sprouts. See recipe

Calling for better breakfasts

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What’s new? As early as in the beginning of the 19th century, US food reformers called for cutting back on excessive breakfast meat consumption and promoted healthy vegetarian cereals, such as oats, which were considered by most of the public as ‘horse food’. Despite great inventions in the last 100 or so years, not much seems to have changed in eating habits… Continue reading

Mardi Gras

There is nothing traditional except color. I must admit, this is a wacky and not very festive combination, but despite the looks it is really tasty. The real recipe of the bake is with white or savoy cabbage, white beans and potatoes. However if you like a stronger taste with more character, try red cabbage and juicy black beans which also won’t discolor. Serve with quinoa burgers and tartar sauce. Cabbage blend recipe
The quinoa burgers or croquettes are quite tasty with tartar sauce. The recipe is adjusted to be non crumbly as the original German recipe was more like granola. Quinoa burger recipe

Something warm and quick

Sometimes I just want a quick and warm filling meal. Looking at recipes, they all seemed to ask for things I had not planned for… soaked beans or chickpeas and I did not plan ahead. So I altered a dish to fit what I have. Lentils can be cooked quickly, sweet potatoes can replace winter squash, quinoa for rice, parsley instead of cilantro. The result was a very filling sweet curry. I could have combined it with steamed kale. See recipe

‘Grain’ of the future

The Incas named Quinoa, the ‘Mother of all grains’, for its high nutritional value; High contents of complete proteins, fiber, magnesium and iron plus a good amount of calcium. The hardy plant that is related to beets, spinach and amaranth, also contains oxalic acid in the stems and leaves. Bitter saponins in the seeds require cooking before consumption.
2013 has been declared International Year of Quinoa by the United Nations. Enough reason to give a closer look to this ‘superfood’. How about Sweet potato and Quinoa patties with hot sauce? See recipe

Summer cabbage

Cabbage is for Russian winters… however our summer farm share was brimming with early heads of durable white cabbage. Thank god, they store so well, they survived our travel time.
After several kinds of slaws, you may want a nice sauté. This mix with squash, sage and thyme just makes good use of last week’s CSA package. For a variety in starch you may want to use quinoa instead of traditional potatoes. Veg. style sausage meat is optional. See Recipe

Bringing back summer

Grains are the basis of the food pyramid. Although we manage eating beans, grains don’t seem to fit in with anything I grew up with. As if we were to be reminded to: “eat more grains”.
Quinoa in a summer salad, a combination of sweet and savory ingredients makes a lighthearted dish. It’s bright colors feel like a southern party theme, margaritas or an outside occasion for grilling with friends. Although we are used to bold gazpachos and salsas, this salad feels different. You can add some zing with a jalapeno pepper or keep it mild. I will save the recipe for such an event. Today, it was just a nice addition to a warm day in fall.  Get the recipe