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Mexican Rice Bowl

One of my favourite cuisines is Mexican food. This is such a simple recipe to make and it is also inexpensive. It is a great warming meal that tastes so fresh with tangy lime & lemon juice and coriander. SunRice Rice & Quinoa is a source of protein, fibre, magnesium and niacin and not only is it easy to cook, but rice is also versatile and gluten free. So no matter if you prefer to use it in a fresh rice salad, or alongside a crispy skin salmon, there’s something for everyone. There’s a bit of a misconception that rice – and brown rice in particular – is hard to cook, but it’s really not; it just requires a little more water and time than white rice. From go to whoa this dish can be made in 30 minutes, and that’s mainly just prep. Double the recipe and use for lunches during…

Spicy Beef & Quinoa Balls

Beef is one of the best sources of iron on the planet, and is also high in protein. These spicy beef and quinoa balls are full of vegetables plus fibre from the quinoa, so can be eaten alone, or you can add a salad for extra nutritional value. In winter you can pair the meatballs with a warmed home made tomato sauce and spaghetti. Spicy Beef & Quinoa Balls Save Print Prep time 25 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 45 mins Recipe type: Dinner Serves: 12-14 Ingredients 500 grams grass fed minced beef 1 cup quinoa, cooked 1 brown onion, finely chopped ¼ cup grated carrot 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 tablespoon tamari 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon ground coriander ½ cup fresh parsley 1 organic egg Instructions Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celcius. Line a baking tray with with baking paper; set aside.…

Low Carb Tacos

Serves 3-4 people Ingredients 600 grams organic chicken breast, cut into small pieces 1 cup quinoa 1 brown onion, finely diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1 cup cherry tomato’s, chopped into cubes 1 small cos lettuce, leaves removed 2 avocados, halved, pip removed and sliced horizontal into strips. 1/3 cucumber, cut into small cubes Juice of lime or lemons Pepper Method 1. Place the quinoa along with 2 1/2 cups of water into a pot and cook on a medium heat for 15 minutes.  Set aside in a bowl. 2. Heat a pan over medium heat, add a dash of oil and simmer the onion and garlic for 2 minutes.  Add the chicken, paprika, cumin, chili powder and oregano. Cook for 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Take off the stove and add to…

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…

San Choy Bow

San Choy Bow originated from China – traditionally made with pork mince Dr Libby has added this dish to her new cook book but taken out the meat and replaced it with protein rich quinoa and chickpeas.  I made this last night for dinner and it was enough to have as a main dish.  The quinoa and chickpeas are so filling! This is a beautiful meal, so many flavors and so fresh… with the added bonus of no MSG as it’s home made. I love how this dish is cooked using macadamia nut oil.  Macadamia oil is one of the healthiest edible oils and is higher in monounsaturates, the goods fats, when compared to Extra Virgin Olive oil.  The oil can be cooked at very high temperatures 210°C /410°F so doesn’t burn food. Ingredients: 1 tablespoon macadamia nut oil 1/2 cup fresh mushrooms, stemmed and chopped 2 medium organic chilies,…

My 15 minute Quinoa dinner

Mum and Dad were having left overs and my boyfriend was trying out his new Organic sausages so I scrounged around in the fridge for some vegetables and cooked up ye’ old faithful Quinoa. Treat this dish as if it’s a salad and the Quinoa is the lettuce. There is no right or wrong amount of vegetables you should add in, just whatever your heart desires. From start to finish this took me 15 minutes to make – so easy! This is what I used: 1x cup quinoa Avocado Feta Capsicum Baby Spinach leaves Cucumber for the dressing: Sweet Chilli Sauce Lemon Juice Coriander Garlic Fresh Chilli Cook Quinoa – 1x cup of Quinoa and 2x cups of water.  Make sure that you rinse the Quinoa before cooking. For the dressing firstly flash fry garlic (one clove is enough) and fresh chilli.  Add to the sweet chilli sauce, lemon juice and…

Magical Quinoa

Anyone who knows me well knows I have a love for Quinoa.  Quinoa… what is Quinoa? Pronounced ‘Keen-Wa’, it is a super food that originates from South America.  It has been around for 5000 years and was a staple food of the Inca people.  Quinoa is a gluten-free grain like seed from a vegetable and is related to spinach, tumbleweed and swiss chard. Raw Quinoa: Cooked Red Quinoa: Quinoa is very easy to cook. It’s important to rinse the seeds well, because they are naturally coated with a bitter substance that protects them against birds and other predators. Most packaged quinoa has already been cleaned, but I always give it another rinse before cooking. Quinoa cooks in 15 minutes, and it’s easy to tell when it’s done because the seeds display a little white thread that curls around them (refer to the pic above).  It is the healthy alternative to white rice…

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