Thursday, December 27, 2012

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Quinoa + Veggies

As a vegetarian, this is one of my go-to meals for something quick, tasty and nutritious. If you don't know already, quinoa contains all essential amino acids needed to be considered a complete, high quality protein; one reason why it's praised by many vegans and vegetarians who don't (always) obtain their protein from animal sources. It's also a good source of B vitamins and is loaded with several minerals (iron, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium). I often cook my quinoa in vegetable broth to add a little extra flavor.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Farro Likes to Party...

With other vegetables, that is. This time, my farro meshed quite well with some asparagus, mushrooms and peas. It also enjoyed being surrounded by a scarf of raw mustard greens, and being lightly sprinkled with some freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Breakfast Quinoa

Time to switch up the typical bowl of oats and use quinoa instead. As one of the few complete protein sources from plants, quinoa tastes just as good with milk, cinnamon, fruit and nuts. A 1 cup serving of this nutty tasting grain nourishes your body with 12g of high quality protein and 20% of your daily value for Iron.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Oh how I love these sweet little potato dumplings. Gnocchi isn't terribly difficult to make, it just takes some time. A little olive oil (or butter!) and some herbs finishes them off nicely.