Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Keeeeeeeeeenwaaaaaaaaaaaa (formerly known as Quinoa)

So, Its the summer. We've all spent endless months toiling away with diet after diet. Struggling to the gym to get our workouts done. Then one day- when it didnt rain for a whole day.. the smell of that bitter-sweet smoke drifts across your garden. Yes... its BBQ season.

Okay, so i know that today its been horrendous thunderstorms... but it has been a hot weekend and not the last one we will see I'm sure.

The BBQ... bread, salad dressings, fatty burgers and sausages (well it is what makes them taste sooo damn good), the buttery corn-on-the-cob, the cheese on the burgers, the glorious potatoes... okay, you get the picture. But what about all that high protein, no carbs, low fat, high fibre, no fun diet you've been on since march?? Do not worry... I have a little secret to share with you all that might help you to keep that protein high...

Raw Quinoa

Cooked quinoa
This looks like a carb... tastes like a nutty cous cous BUT its a PROTEIN. yes. A complete protein. It contains all your essential AA's and because its plant derived, its a perfect solution for veggies and substitute for pasta or rice.

Ive recently tried this mixed with chopped parsley, olive oil, lemon juice, tomatoes and garlic for a kind of Tabbouleh (usually made with Bulgar wheat). Perfect with hot chicken or meat for dinner OR cold with a wholemeal pitta and low fat hummus. YUM. Also lovely with grilled hallomi.

You can now find it in most supermarkets. Sometimes in the special foods section but sometimes with the other grains. Add water and boil for 5-10 minutes and drain. It really is tasty- i am no liar.

Lots of love

xxx TTN xxx

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