Thursday, March 15, 2012
Here is another recipe tried over spring break!! YUMMY!
As a vegan it's helpful to eat beans, whole grains (both high in iron), and nuts to provide what you won't get due to your lack of protein-rich meats. Please be sure you follow these guideline because this can really hurt your health if you do not plan on eating meat.
This might be weird sounding to people who are not vegan, but one good source of protein is the Indian-spiced Quinoa with Raisins and Pine nuts. As a vegan or vegetarian it is really good to explore your options and look for meals that are made outside of the United States. This meal is from South America.
For this recipe you need....
1/2 cups quinoa ( buy a natural food store)
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 large shallots, minced
1 teaspoon peeled and minced fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
2 cup Basic Vegetable Stock or water heated
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves
1. Rinse the quinoa well to remove the bitter white coating. Drain thoroughly and set aside.
2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and ginger and cook, stirring until the shallots are slightly softened, about 1 minute. Add the quinoa along with cardamom, coriander, cumin, and cayenne and stir to coat with oil. Stir in the hot stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook until all the water is absorbed, about 10 minutes.
3. Remove from the heat and stir in the raisins, pine nuts, and parsley. Serve it hot!