Monday, June 2, 2014

Quinoa with spinach and curry

Quinoa is what I call fast food. In lazy days, that is just what I make when I feel like eating something without the chopping galore, and nutritious enough to cheat and call it a meal here and there (hey, if people already call bread with cheese or peanut butter a meal, this counts too! Not everyday of course). Not that I do that. It is just as easy to throw greens on the pot, but if you would be camping that would still b a great meal in case you don't know or can't find wild greens of your liking.

I think you probably heard that before, but quinoa is packed with proteins and minerals and will digest very smoothly. It feels so light it will almost fool you into thinking you didn't eat something very strong (especially if you are a meat eater). But, believe me, you did. You hit the jackpot of starches. Even though I have an undying love for buckwheat as you can see here and here, I must say I find quinoa the ultimate fast-and-almost-no-dishes food. And, of course, it is a great travel food to replenish those 15km (9 miles) you just walked with your heavy backpack.

Well, this is not really a recipe because it's just as easy as making porridge, but maybe you want to know how to make quinoa nicely cooked, what is the nicest ratio, especially after adding water releasing spinach - the difference between making quinoa almost-soup and nice and fluffy (tastes vary but most peopl would agree on this).

Quinoa with spinach and curry

Cook time: 15 minutes
Yield: 2-3 servings

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2.5 cups water
  • 150-300g or 5-10 oz spinach
  • curry powder
  • salt (optional)
Cooking Directions
  1. Add quinoa and water to the pot
  2. Bring it to a boil
  3. Lower the fire and let it simmer for around 9 minutes
  4. Add spinach, as much as it takes to almost fill the pot in case it is a small one
  5. Stir it regularly as it cooks, adding the rest of the spinach gradually
  6. If you don't stir there will be an unstirrable layer of spinach on the top in the end :-)
  7. Wait until the quinoa is fully cooked
  8. Sprinkle with curry powder and sea salt (adding salt afterwards or not at all will keep the nutrient content in the spinach high)


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