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Lentils and Quinoa

Served Lentils and Quinoa

Lentils and Quinoa

Quinoa has been recently been given a boost in popularity due to its many benefits! What I like the most is that it is extremely low in  carbohydrate and it fills me up much more than pasta, rice or bread, without the calories! 🙂 It is very low in cholesterol and sodium and it has magnesium and phosphorus. It’s a great source of manganese, all great nutrients so important for me and my family.
In terms of flavor I  must say I had to try several recipes to start to enjoy and learn how to prepare it well. My husband and kids followed my footsteps and now I have to prepare double portions since they all want some.
Here is my favorite recipe. It is perfect as comfort food and great for any time of the year. That said, I can also see this recipe making a great cold weather crock pot or potluck meal.
  1. Prepare lentils per package directions. Prepare 2 cups of lentils. When seasoning, only add salt, pepper to taste and one basil leave. It’s best if you prepare the lentils from scratch. I recommend that you avoid the temptation to use canned lentils. The flavors will be better if you do not use canned lentils.
  2. Prepare quinoa per package directions. Prepare 1 cup of quinoa. When seasoning the quinoa, add:
    1. 1 tsp Salt, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp red pepper flakes and 1/2 tsp nutmeg. If you don’t enjoy spicy foods then change the red pepper flakes part to 1/4 tsp.
  3. Mix the two preparations in one saucer or pot when both of them are ready. Let them cook for at least 10 minutes together. Add peas and carrots to the mix and allow the mixture to continue to cook for another 10 minutes, mixing well.
  4. Optional: Sprinkle dry parsley on top of each serving.
  5. Serve and enjoy!
Some pics to illustrate the process.. and to explain why I love this dish so much. 🙂
Quinoa

Quinoa in the Bag

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Fully cooked Lentils

Mix of Lentils and Quinoa

Fully Cooked Lentils and Quinoa Cooking with Peas and Carrots.

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Yum! It’s ready to enjoy!

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In case of emergency… Kids White Pizza! :)

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My youngest kid was feeling a bit sick earlier this week. To make him feel better I promised to make home-made pizza (his favorite!) Sadly, I spoke too soon. I only had a few (2 or 3) cherry tomatoes and no tomato paste. 😦  What could I do? White Pizza! My kids had never had white pizza and honestly, I had never made it at home. The challenge was there, right in front of me. After much encouragement and 10 online recipes later, I decided to come up with “my recipe.” By the time I was ready, the white pizza idea had become very specific… No vegetables. No greens. Just a simple white pizza. No more. No less.

So here it is.. A simple, white pizza. Perfect for those emergency moments!

Note: There is no pizza dough recipe in this post. With a sick kid at home, ‘thank  heaven’ for store-bought pizza dough! 🙂

Recipe

Ingredients: Pizza dough (store-bought) – 1 per pizza, mozzarella cheese slices (enough to cover the pizza surface), a generous drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Oregano (Optional.)

Directions:

Follow the store-bought pizza dough instructions for baking. Once the dough is on the pan, drizzle the olive oil on top of the dough. Place the cheese slices all over the pizza dough making sure the surface is covered. Sprinkle olive oil, salt and pepper. Add oregano (optional.)

Bake according to store-bought pizza dough instructions and enjoy! 😉

Some tempting images follow…

Pizza baking “in the oven”..

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Pizza is ready!

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I added a quinoa salad to go with my serving. It was spectacular! I had to thank my kids for the great white pizza menu idea.. 🙂

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