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Super healthy gluten free food recipe - Quinoa, herbs and griddled veg

Published 12 October, 2006

You say keenwaaaaa, I say kwinoah, either way, quinoa is a super healthy grain, and suitable for a gluten free diet.

Here's a quick gluten free food recipe - great for dinner, but even better left to go cold and eaten for lunch.

Quinoa, herbs and griddled veg

400g quinoa
1.5 litres chicken or veg stock
1 red pepper
4 courgettes, sliced thinly on the diagonal
6 spring onions, sliced diagonally in 1 inch sections
1 mild red chilli, thinly sliced (so if it's too hot you can spot it and remove it easily!)
1 avocado, chopped
3 large handfuls of fresh green herbs - basil, parsley, mint, coriander - washed and roughly chopped
1 lemon, juiced
50ml mild olive oil

Bring the stock to the boil. Wash your quinoa in plenty cold water to remove any of the bitter coating, then add to the boiling stock. This should be left to cook for about 12 -15 minutes, making sure you keep checking the stock level and topping up if required - quinoa soaks up an infeasible amount of liquid during cooking. When you've come to the end of the cooking time, taste the quinoa and it should have a light bite. Put the lid on the pan and leave for a few minutes to absorb any liquid that's left.

Meanwhile, cook your courgettes and spring onions on a low heat, with a little olive oil until they are soft and lightly golden. Use a griddle pan if you've got one, and you'll get those lovely black lines.

To cook the red pepper, either grill until the skin is black, or hold over a gas flame on the hob. When it's completely blackened, place in a sealed container for a few minutes to cool down. This makes it easier to peel off the blackened skin, plus you don't burn your fingers! Remove the stalk and seeds, then cut the skinned pepper into small strips.
In a jar, mix your lemon juice and olive oil and add some salt and freshly ground pepper.

Finally, mix all the ingredients together EXCEPT the red chilli.

Allow people to add the chilli to their own taste buds at the table - the baby passed on her share not unsurprisingly.

This is a great gluten free food recipe - the whole thing only took 20 minutes from start to finish, which I reckon is fantastic for a mid-week meal.

Here's some more info on the magical quinoa - it really is a "super-food". By the way quinoa is full of tryptophan, which is a precursor to serotonin, the mood enhancing hormone and melatonin, which helps you sleep. As if you needed persuading......

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