Alan LOVED a good meal… heck, he grew up in a restaurant so he not only knew his way around the kitchen, but he really appreciated good grub. He might even have been a better cook than me… something we lovingly debated on a regular basis. Needless to say, when we changed our diet to better fight the cancer, we had to say good-bye to a lot of Alan’s old-time favorites.
Good bye pasta… good bye rice… hello quinoa.. Quinoa is an excellent source of high-quality protein that contains all of the essential amino acids. One cup of cooked quinoa contains 8.14 grams of protein, has a low sodium content and is rich in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, manganese and zinc. And quinoa is also listed as one of the top 10 superfoods because it can strengthen your immune system and even aid in the fight against cancer.
So here are two of Alan’s Favorite Quinoa Recipes….
Breakfast Quinoa (I still eat this every chance I get)
1 cup cooked quinoa
1/4 slivered almonds or if you prefer, sunflower seeds, pumpkins seeds, chopped walnuts, etc.
1/4 cup dried fruit (my fav is dried cranberries, cherries & blueberries)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup almond, hemp or soy milk-flavored or plain- add more as needed (my fav is plain, unsweetened, organic almond milk)
1 Tbsp agave nectar, maple syrup or brown rice syrup
Combine all ingredients except agave nectar in a saucepan. Heat on medium-low, stirring, until the quinoa has soaked up the liquid and the dried fruit has plumped up. Add more “milk” if needed until the consistency pleases you. Drizzle with agave nectar and enjoy!!!!
Quinoa Lasagna (This recipe came from my BFF Margo who always made such delicious “Alan-friendly, Robyn-approved” dinners....Even our kids loved this one… thank you Margo, aka Petunia)
1 can peeled, chopped tomatoes
1 lb ground beef or veggie burger
2-8 oz cans tomato sauce
3 cups cooked quinoa
1/4 lb crumbled or shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 lb grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp salt
2 tsp oregano
1 cup minced onion
1/2 lb ricotta cheese
2 cloves minced garlic
Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil until browned. Add hamburger, cook until browned. Add tomato sauce, tomatoes, salt and oregano. Simmer. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put layer of this sauce in bottom of 13x9x2-1/2″ baking dish, following with layer of quinoa and layer of cheese. Repeat two more layers ending with sauce an extra parmesan cheese on top. Bake about 35 minutes. Serves 6-8.
If you have ANY delicious quinoa recipes, please share them! Knowledge is Power… Share the Power!