QUINOA WITH VEGETABLES

Hello everyone! Today I’m sharing a quinoa recipe with you. This grain is getting more and more popular these days because it’s very good for you- it has a lot of protein, it is s high in magnesium, iron. It’s also a good source of dietary fiber. It is very useful for vegans too because it is rich in calcium. Okay, let’s get into the recipe.

Serves 2:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 tbspn dried or frozen parsley
  • 1/2 tbspn basil (again, dried or frozen)
  • Salt, pepper

For the dressing:

  • 2 tbspns olive oil
  • 1  tbspn lemon juice
  • 1 tspn honey

First of all, rinse the quinoa so it wouldn’t be bitter. Take a pot, add in the quinoa and two cups of water. Cook it on medium heat. Look on the package of quinoa for the exact cooking time, but it should take about 20 minutes. When the quinoa is almost cooked add in the broccoli and green peas (you can cook them separately if you don’t want them to be crunchy). Add in all the herbs, a pinch of salt and pepper. Take the tomatoes and slice them into quarters. Take a bowl, add in the quinoa- mix. For the dressing you are just going to take all of the ingredients and mix them together along with some salt and pepper.  Mix the sauce with the quinoa. Let everything sit for about 5 minutes.

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I hope you will try out this recipe! Please let me know what you think!

Goodbye!

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Hello guys! This post (as you see from the title) is going to be slightly different from the other ones. I just wanted to wish all the people who are celebrating today happy Thanksgiving! I know that not everyone celebrates it, or has celebrated it already. I, particularly, don’t celebrate Thanksgiving because there’s no tradition here in my country.  But I think that everyone should stop for an evening and just spend some time with their families or friends. It is time to think not only about ourselves, but about others too.

So it was just a quick note to wish all of you awesome and cozy evening!

SMALL PIES WITH APPLE FILLING

Hello! I’ve decided to post a very quick and easy to make recipe because since it’s almost the season of celebrations and a lot of people are always in a rush. As you can tell from the title, this time it is small pies with apple filling.

For about 20 small pies:

  • 500 g puff pastry sheets (You can make some yourself just if you have more time!)
  • 3 medium apples
  • 1 tbspn cinnamon
  • 3 tbspn sugar (you can use white or brown sugar)
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tbspns coconut shavings (optional)

Preheat the oven to 180ºC (356.00ºF). Prepare apples: peel them, remove the seeds, and slice them into quarters. Whisk the egg. Sprinkle some flour on the surface (where you are going to roll the pastry sheets) and the rolling pin. Take one sheet and roll it. Then, cut it into small squares. Take one square, place an apple quarter on it, sprinkle some sugar and cinnamon. Brush the edges of the pastry with a little bit of the whisked egg. Fold the edges. If you want, you can brush some egg on the top and sprinkle a pinch of coconut shaving. Do the same with all the sheets. Bake for about 20 minutes.

You can bake these pies when some friends want to come over and you aren't very much like baking something fancy. But these pies look and taste just as good!

You can bake these pies when some friends want to come over and you aren’t very much like baking something fancy. But these pies look and taste just as good!

If you try out this recipe please let me know!

Have a good day!

SWEET POTATOES

Hey guys! I’m really sorry for not posting anything last weekend, but the good thing is- I will upload 2 new posts this weekend!

So this week I was walking around the local supermarket and I saw these really huge potatoes called sweet potatoes or batata or ubi jalar in Indonesian (there are a lot of names, actually) . Anyway, I’ve heard that these potatoes are way better for you because they are low in fat, but rich in complex carbohydrates, beta-carotine, dietary fiber also, other nutrients including vitamin B6 and B5 (the list could go on and on…) . Sweet potatoes also have a lot of potassium and some sodium, magnesium and calcium in them too. But the best thing is- when you cook it, only a small variable of micronutrients changes!

Batatos

It’s not difficult to recognize batatos- they’re way bigger than simple potatoes and the peelings are red-brown.

When it comes to comparing  batatos to simple potatoes, there are no major differences in the nutrition value, but the flavor is like… (you better taste it!)

See you tomorrow!

TOMATO&MOZZARELLA PANINI

Hello there! It’s been quite a long time since I’ve posted a recipe here- so I’ve decided to that right now! This recipe is one of those where you don’t need to spend a lot of time, but it’s still going to be delicious!

For two paninis:

  • 2 small baguettes- about 80 g each (I’ve chosen some type of whole-grain)
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 1 small pack mocarella (about 75 g without the liquid)
  • 8 green olives
  • 2 tablespoons pesto 
  • 2 teaspoons butter

First of all, take the baguettes and cut them horizontally. Spread the butter and some pesto thinly on both pieces of bread. Take the tomatoes and the mocarella and slice them thinly. Cut the olives and pit. Then, put the mocarella on top of one side of the baguette. Put the olives on top, then, the tomatoes.

And that’s about it! If you want and have some time- you should put those paninis in the oven. Preheat for about 180ºC (356ºF) and cook them for about 15 minutes. Share with someone and enjoy!

I've tried something similar to this panini once at some kind of juice bar. I really liked it, so I've tried to make it myself and it turned out really tasty!

I’ve tried something similar to this panini once at some kind of juice bar. I really liked it, so I’ve tried to make it myself and it turned out really tasty!