Mexican Rice Quinoa Bowl

Mexican Rice Quinoa Bowl

One of my favourite cuisines is Mexican food. This recipe is inspired by the spanish rice you get at Mexican restaurants. This is such an easy recipe to make and it is also inexpensive. It is a great warming winter meal that tastes so fresh with the lime juice and coriander.

This meal takes minimal effort to put together and its packed with heaps of protein from the quinoa and beans. You can add chicken to this recipe it if you didn’t want the vegetarian option. This meal can also be served with tacos or burritos.

Ingredients 

1 cup of brown rice
1 cup of quinoa
1 can of kidney beans
2 tomatoes
1 avocado
1 handful of coriander
Olive oil or hemp seed oil
1 lemon or lime
Salt and pepper

Method

1. Add two cups of water to a medium sized pot. Add a pinch of salt and add the brown rice, bring to boil. Stir the brown rice and add the quinoa, cover and reduce heat to a medium low.
The brown rice and quinoa should take around 20 minutes to cook. I add the quinoa to the rice five minutes later. Check packaging of the brown rice and quinoa for cooking times so both are cooked around the same time. Once the brown rice and quinoa is cooked take off the stove and let them cool down.

2. Place the kidney beans in a fry pan and simmer on a low heat for 7 minutes. Dice up the tomato, coriander and avocado.

3. Place some brown rice and quinoa mix into a bowl, add some kidney beans. Pile the rest of the ingredients on top and drizzle with oil and squeeze lemon or lime on top. Add some salt and pepper. Enjoy.

L x

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The health benefits of Hemp Seed Oil

Over the past month I have been using Hemp seed oil in my cooking and I cannot rave enough about how amazing it is! I have been using a product by a New Zealand company called Kimmithgone that make a cold pressed Hemp seed oil using hemp that is grown in the South Island on the Canterbury Plains.

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The healing properties of Hemp have been used for thousands of years and only until recently the oil has been easily accessible in New Zealand. A lot of people classify hemp oil as a superfood due to its high essential fatty acid content of Omega 3, 6 and 9.
Hemp seed oil is derived from hemp seeds, it is pressed from the seed of the plant (cannabis).  Hemp seed oil has a nutty flavour and is a light green colour.  There is alot of speculation over the use of Hemp seed oil but this product is completely safe and legal.

Omega 3, 6 and 9 is needed in our diet as our body cannot produce them naturally, they are crucial for healthy circulation, cell growth, immunity and brain function. These oils must be ingested in their pure form which is why Hemp seed oil is so beneficial and it is a vegetarian alternative to fish oil.  Hemp seed oil contains calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sulfur, chlorophyll, vitamin E and it has high levels of antioxidants. Hemp Seed Oil has been known to help eczema when applied directly to the skin, it lowers cholesterol and is used for people that have asthma and high blood pressure.

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The high levels of Omega’s in Hemp seed oil make it beneficial for women’s health as they help to balance out hormones. Many women that have an essential fatty acid deficiency may suffer from PMS, anxiety, low sex drive, acne, wrinkles, weight gain and water retention. Great improvements in hormonal balance have been found when Hemp seed oil is used in the diet. It can be used for skin health as it increases the skin elasticity and water retention capacity in tissues. Many skin care products contain Hemp seed oil as it contains a component that is similar to our skin lipids which makes it the perfect moisturiser and it is used to calm and cool irritated skin.

The importance of having essential fatty acids in our diet is extremely important. Hemp seed oil can constitute an important element in health and nutrition and can prevent many diseases and health disorders.

If you want more information regarding Hemp seed oil check out the Kimmithgone website which also contains some really tasty recipes using Hemp seed oil.

Libby Matthews x

 

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