Today I decided to incorporate Quinoa back into my diet. I love Quinoa but for the past 1.5 years have not touched it because I started reacting to it as I would t grains (even though it is not really a grain). I decided it is time to try again…. and this recipe was born!
- 1 cup organic white quinoa
- 1 large onion (or 2 smaller ones)
- 2 medium size carrots
- 1 handful fresh parsley
- 1 handful fresh celery (with stems)
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1 lemon
- Smokes sea salt (optional)
- Black pepper
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
First order of business: SOAK the Quinoa! I Quinoa contains a substance called Saponin and just as the name suggests… it gives it a soapy taste and smell. I didn’t mind it so I used to cook quinoa without even washing it sometimes. But today, seeing as it is the first attempt to eat it again after so long, I decided to soak and wash it. Boy, did that make a difference!!! So.. before you start… gather your ingredients, and soak 1 cup of quinoa in water for at least 30 minutes. After 30 minutes wash well and then soak again in clean water for another 10-15 minutes. After 10-15 minutes wash again and leave to drain in the strain. This is the longest step in this recipe…but well worth doing!
Once your quinoa is well washed and soaked start preparing the other ingredients. Peel the onion, carrot and garlic cloves and wash the herbs well. Set the parsley aside and follow these steps:
- Chop the onion finely
- Dice the carrots finely
- Mince the garlic
- Chop the Celery.
- Sauté all in coconut oil
Add the Quinoa and 2 cups of water to cover. Season with Salt (kosher salt or smoked sea salt) and black pepper. Cover the pot and cook on high heat until the water starts to boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the water is fully absorbed and the quinoa is cooked (about 10-15 minutes).
When the quinoa is almost ready, finely chop the parsley and cut the lemon in half.
When the Quinoa is fully cooked, add the parsley and juice from half a lemon and mix well. Most the lemon you squeeze in will evaporate as the dish cools so always have some more handy! It’s yummie!
Serve with a slice of lemon and some smoked sea salt. Enjoy and be careful – it’s addictive!!!