Monday, January 24, 2011

Wholegrain Pancakes

Quinoa is a complete protein...meaning that it has all the essential amino acids that you need in your diet. This is a rare phenomenon for a grain and therefore vegetarians should consider adding quinoa as a staple of their diet. Here is one idea for adding quinoa to your menu.

1 cup uncooked quinoa (or 2 1/2 -3 cups leftover cooked quinoa, heated)
2 1/4 cups water

1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup grated raw carrot, sweet potato, or winter squash
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt to taste
1/4 brown rice flour (or wheat flour)

Maple syrup or applesauce for topping

Rinse quinoa in a sieve and in a medium saucepan bring the water and quinoa to a boil. Cover, turn down heat, and simmer until water has been absorbed.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large skillet saute onion and grated vegetable of choice in olive oil over medium heat until soft. Add quinoa, season to taste with salt, and mix until combined. Add flour 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing well after every addition, until the mixture sticks together. Remove from heat and set aside until cool enough to handle.

Using an ice cream scoop, or about 1/4 cup of mixture, form balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Flatten with a fork to about 1/4 inch thick. Bake 10 minutes, flip pancakes, and bake 10 minutes more or until crispy and browned.


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With a degree in Restaurant Managment and Nutrition and a background in and love of the culinary arts, Jess is able to whip up delicious yet nutritious meals. She gardens extensively and uses what she grows to feed her family not only during the summer and fall but throughout the winter and spring by preserving and freezing the fresh produce. She is committed to growing, buying, and eating as much local food as possible. She started this blog to spread information about eating locally and its benefits. She also wanted to have a forum to share the recipes she uses and the stories she writes. She would love the opportunity to be able to share this knowledge to increase the amount of people using local and organic products.
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