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Casserole To Cookies - Quinoa Is Super Nutritious And Super Tasty - Here's The Proof...
May 26, 2011

Welcome to Meatless Magic. We've been quinoa crazy this month. Talking about it, cooking it but mostly eating it! Here are some of the highlights...

Cool Quinoa!

This issue of Meatless Magic is dedicated to quinoa! It's been all about quinoa this month. We've been celebrating this wonderful grain that's really a seed with lots of great recipes! Delicious to eat and packed with nutrients, quinoa really is a star ingredient.

So what makes quinoa so good for you? Get the lowdown on quinoa nutrition and find out why it's time you made it a regular part of your diet.


Quinoa Recipes

If you want to start enjoying quinoa for dinner, we've got lots of easy recipes to get you started. For a wonderfully substantial family meal, try a quinoa casserole. Or what about a quinoa pilaf?

There are lots of other options too. I love quinoa tabouli which is perfect for a Summer barbeque or picnic. You can even eat quinoa for breakfast as a yummy porridge.



BBQ Time - Tofu Burger With Quinoa

Barbeque season is here and my top veggie burger for the grill right now is a tofu burger with quinoa. This quick and easy recipe is adapted from my original tofu burger recipe but this is the version I always make now. Why? Firstly because I love to sneak quinoa into recipes whenever I can because of it's excellent nutritional qualities but also because I think the texture and flavour is actually much better when I use quinoa.

Quinoa flakes are available from health food stores. If you have trouble finding them, Ancient Harvest Organic Quinoa Flakes are available from Amazon. Amazon also sells good vegetarian Worcestershire sauce.

Ingredients

1¼ lbs/550g of firm tofu

1 small onion or two shallots, very finely chopped

1 garlic clove, crushed

half a cup/40g of quinoa flakes

1 cup/60g breadcrumbs

half a cup/80g of sesame seeds

2 tablespoons of vegetarian Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons of tomato ketchup

2 tablespoons of soy sauce

Coarse maize meal or flour for coating

Canola or sunflower oil

Place the tofu in a strainer or sieve and mash with a fork. Press down with your hands or a wooden spoon to make sure that any excess water is removed.

Transfer the tofu to a bowl and add the remaining ingredients except the flour or maize meal and oil. Stir well to combine. If the mixture seems too wet, add some more quinoa flakes.

Take handfuls of the mixture and roll into balls. Squeeze slightly to help them stay together. Roll in flour or maize meal, then gently flatten into burger shapes.

Brush the burgers lightly with oil before cooking on the barbeque - and handle with care. These burgers do stay together well but you will always find that homemade veggie burgers are a little more delicate than commercial varieties.


Quinoa Cookies

Crunchy, chewy and easy - just hard to stop eating! Use quinoa flakes to make tasty quinoa cookies that are a little different from the norm.




And that's it. I'm off to cook something WITHOUT quinoa before I make my hubby and kids sick of the stuff! Back soon with more veggie food news and recipes.

As ever, if you would like to contact me with any comments, questions or suggestions, I would love to hear from you. Just reply to this email or use the Contact form on my website to get in touch.

Wishes and Happy Veggie Cooking!

Emer


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