Saturday, September 3, 2011

Inspired by quinoa...

I don't usually think of myself as a procrastinator but when it comes to blogging I most  definitely qualify as one.  My wonderful husband, Joe, purchased jenstolz.com almost two years ago when I kept talking about wanting to blog and write and to my chagrin I have yet to publish an entry.  I have tried once or twice but never felt happy with what I wrote. But tonight I made this delicious dinner that seemed to tasty to keep to myself.  So at first I planned to share it with my friends and family by posting a link on Facebook but the more I thought about it the more inspired I became about putting my neglected website to use.

Not sure what deserves the credit for this unusual inspiration to write at this time of night, as anyone who knows me well can attest to the fact that this is rather out of the ordinary. My brain usually turns to mush most nights by the time the clock strikes eight or sometimes as early as six if I'm honest. Yep, I'm definitely a morning person. 

But who knows maybe it was the quiona I made for dinner. Men's Health Magazine had an article quoting it as the Top-Secret Superfood and Daniel Fairbanks, Ph.D., shared that it has about twice the protein of regular cereal grains, fewer carbohydrates, and even a dose of healthy fats. Plus, it's considered a "complete" protein, which means that, like meat, eggs, and dairy, it packs all of the essential amino acids your body needs to build muscle www.menshealth.com/nutrition/quinoa.  Maybe he could also add to the list that it inspires you to do what you keep putting off to do another day.....

I originally found this Quinoa and Cabbage Salad recipe on a website I stumbled upon this week,
www.naturallyella.com/2010/06/29/quinoa-and-cabbage-salad. You should check out this site if you are looking for some healthy and easy recipes.  I'm looking forward to trying more of her recipes in the near future. She does a great job of posting pictures and keeping the recipes short and easy to follow. I made a few modifications to the recipe I found on her site.  My revision is posted below.


Quinoa and Cabbage Salad 
Serves 3-4 (depending on how hungry you are)
Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa (rinse well)
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 cups cabbage sliced thinly
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced zucchini
  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce ( I used gluten free)
  • 4 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons natural cane sugar
  • dash of ginger
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • dash or two of black pepper
  • sunflower seeds
  • 2-3 teaspoons sesame oil
  • Sriracha sauce

Instructions

  1. Place quinoa and water in a medium pot, bring to a boil, reduce, and cover. Let cook for 15 minutes until water has been absorbed.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, ginger, cayenne pepper and black pepper.
  3. While quinoa is cooking, in a pan, heat oil. Place carrots, onions, and zucchini in pan and saute until vegetables are slightly tender. Add in cabbage and continue to saute until cabbage has cooked through and wilted slightly. Once vegetables are ready, stir in soy sauce mixture. Continue to cook until liquid is almost gone, about 1-2 more minutes.
  4. Add quinoa to the vegetables. After the vegetables and quinoa are mixed I sprinkled in some sunflower seeds adding an extra crunch and yummy flavor to this already tasty dish. Serve right away. 
  5. If you are like Joe and I you will want to add a little Sriracha sauce once it is on your plate giving it a little more heat and flavor. 


I know Quinoa and Cabbage Salad might not sound very appetizing or filling but seriously you should give this a try. You will be left satisfied and happy knowing that what you just ate was good for you in so many ways with the quinoa being rich in protein, loaded with fiber and higher in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, and zinc than wheat, barley, or corn. Also, if you've tried quinoa in the past but thought the flavor was a little bitter as quinoa can sometimes be you should give this superfood another try with this recipe. 


Hmm...now to think about what my next blog will be about.





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