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VEGGIE QUINOA

Quinoa is my comfort food, there are so many ways you can prepare and make quinoa fun, tasty and exciting! Today I played with beets, lentils, brussel sprouts, broccoli, spinach, basil and Dubliner cheese.

After gently washing the quinoa and lentils, I add it to my stove top saucepan with some sea salt and a little bit more water than the package says. While bringing the water to a boil, I chop up the beet into tiny cubes and add to the water. The beets need to cook with the quinoa a little longer than the rest of the veggies, and it turns the quinoa into a vibrant beautiful pinkish red hue. Half way into the boiling process, about 8 minutes, I add freshly chopped brussel sprouts, baby broccoli and season with lemon pepper. Once the quinoa and veggie mix is all cooked together and the water is gone, I take the pan off the stove and add in lots of fresh spinach, fresh basil and a few handfuls of grated Dubliner cheese. The more taste and tang the cheese has, the more flavor your quinoa will have, it’s all a matter of personal taste. I’ve discovered that a sharp cheese works best, in Sweden I like to use Västerbottensost.

I finish off my quinoa with an added dash of lemon pepper, a squirt of California hot sauce and top it with avocado and daikon radish greens. Yum!

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10 THINGS YOU NEED TO EAT

It can be tricky navigating all the new trends, superfoods and health products out there dying for your attention. So how do you really now what you should be eating?

A lot of my kitchen play and experiments take inspiration from this fabulous book called “10 things you need to eat,” written by Anahad O’Connor and Dave Lieberman. At first sight, the title and cover appealed to me. Great, 10 things to focus on first, should be easy, then I can simply add ingredients that I already know are good for me and go from there. The cover made me smirk a little, showing off cute tiny drawings of fruit, nuts, quinoa, fish and such that I was already in love with. Perfect fit, this book would give me more knowledge of vegetables and grains that I already enjoyed cooking with. I simply didn’t know it would be this fabulous, it’s very funny and an easy read, yet super educational and interesting, plus full of recipes. It helped me establish a good healthy eating routine and gave me key ingredients to play with in the kitchen. 

I love this book so much that I added it to my resource section and included some information of what I learned about each of the 10 things you need to eat. I hope it inspires you and maybe you even take the plunge and buy the complete book. Enjoy!