When I am not busy taking care of my two energetic little boys, or working on an interior design project~ I play in the kitchen! For the last 15 years, I have been juxtaposing new flavors and ideas; it’s finally time to document my recipes...

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Best Scramble Ever

Quinoa Scramble            

I had some leftover Quinoa (from the blue cheese and kalamata recipe) so I threw that in a pan with some eggs and greenery...and whhhhallllllaaa!

If you are starting from ground zero...

Cooked Red Quinoa (or regular Quinoa)
Eggs or Egg whites
Sun dried tomatoes (handful)
Kalamata olivers (half a handful)
Frozen Peas (handful)
Hummus (dollop)

Throw all ingredients (minus eggs) in pan and fry em up for a bit on medium heat. The oil from the Tomatoes will coat the pan so you will not need any spray or butter or other oil.
Add eggs. Cook everything for another minute or so.

I topped mine with some plain hummus (and salt, cause i always add it to everything). So yummy! The pea's make it a lil sweet and the Mediterranean additions add a bit of savory flavor. Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It would be great in a burrito at breakfast, atop spinach (with a light balsamic dressing) for lunch, or accompanied with a protein at dinner. I just ate mine plain for lunch...
P.S. My quinoa had some blue cheese in it cause it was left over. If you made the Quinoa recipe- just add some peas, eggs, and quinoa! Dunzo!

Health Benefits Of Eating Quinoa 
  • Quinoa is rich in protein content. In fact, it is a complete protein as it contains all the essential amino acids, especially lysine, which is required by the body to grow and repair tissues.
  • It has high content of manganese in it, which acts as antioxidant in the body and helps it get rid of dangerous cancer cells and other diseases.
  • The seed proved to be a good source of magnesium, which provides relief from migraine headaches, relaxes blood vessels, and decreases the risk of hypertension.
  • Riboflavin present in quinoa reduces the frequency of migraine attacks, by producing energy metabolism within brain and muscle cells.
  • The presence of potassium and magnesium in quinoa prevents clogging of arteries and hence, relieves stress on the heart.
  • Quinoa has low content of saturated fats and cholesterol, making it an ideal food for every health conscious consumer.
  • It is a good source of calcium, which is extremely important for the growth of healthy teeth, bones and skin.
  • The grain is a boon for people who are allergic to wheat and are suffering from Celiac disease, as it is gluten free.
  • Quinoa is a wonderful source of fiber for the body, which aids easy elimination and toning of colon.
  • The food is rich in carbohydrates, an efficient fuel for energy production required by children and athletes.
  • It is a good source of insoluble fiber that helps avoid gallstones, especially in women who are more prone to them.
  • The high content of copper present in it helps in oxidizing glucose, produces skin coloring agent melanin and acts as catalyst in the formation of hemoglobin. 

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Red Quinoa with Blue Cheese and Olives

This recipe is great to serve as an App with some red wine, or eat by the spoonful as a side dish. Simple, but packed with interesting flavors.

2 cups Cooked Quinoa
3 tablespoons Blue Cheese
1/2 cup chopped Kalamata olives
Salt and Pepper to taste

Mix and EAT. This recipe is great warm or cold.

Make it a bigger meal (or use day #2) by adding the Quinoa mixture inside of a pepper and cooking for 15 min on 375.
Meat eaters- cut a chicken breast in half- put quinoa mix inside- cover with olive oil and bake for 20 min on 350.

Health Benefits of Kalamata Olives

1. Olives are one of the two fresh fruits (the other one is avocados) that have high content of monounsaturated fats (MUFA), which are heart-healthy.
2. The monounsaturated fatty acids, especially oleic acid, lowers the LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol in blood and raises the HDL cholesterol.
3. Alpha-linolenic acid, the omega-3 fatty acid in olive oil, promotes a healthy heart, reduces hypertension, reduces the risk of autoimmune diseases and cancers, acts as a blood thinner and prevents the formation of clots and improves depression.
4. MUFA are also believed to be beneficial in the prevention of gallstones.
5. Good source of Vitamin E, an antioxidant that fights against the free radicals in the body and protects our cells from the damage (oxidation) caused by them, thus reducing the risk of heart diseases, cancers and other inflammatory diseases.
6. The anti-inflammatory actions of monounsaturated fats and Vitamin E in olives may also help reduce the severity of asthma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
7. The phytonutrient compounds found in the olives like the polyphenols and flavonoids have been found to have significant anti-inflammatory properties.
8. Regular consumption of olive oil reduces the risk of hypertension.
9. Good source of ‘beta carotene’, a precursor of Vitamin A, which also acts as an antioxidant along with Vitamin E.