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Friday, November 30, 2012

Quinoa Porridge for Erin

I finally discovered Quinoa!

I know, I know it has been around for a long time but I somehow never got round to finding out more info about it.

Got this from the net:

8 Health Benefits of Quinoa:
1. High quality protein with the nine essential amino acids, the protein balance is similar to milk. At 16.2 to 20 percent protein, it has is more protein than rice (7.5 percent), millet (9.9 percent) or wheat (14 percent).
2. Great source of riboflavin. Riboflavin has been shown to help reduce the frequency of attacks in migraine sufferers by improving the energy metabolism within the brain and muscle cells.
3. Inca warriors had more stamina and quicker recovery time by eating these quinoa seeds, making it a truly ancient powerfood.
4. Antiseptic. The saponins from quinoa are used to promote healing of skin injuries in South America.
5. Not fattening! Only 172 calories per 1/4 cup dry (24 of the calories from protein and only 12 from sugars, the rest are complex carbohydrates, fiber and healthy fats).
6. Gluten-free. Since it is not not related to wheat, or even a grain, it is gluten-free.
7. Alkaline-forming. Although it is not strongly alkaline-forming, it is comparable to wild rice, amaranth, and sprouted grains.
8. Smart Carb: It is a complex carbohydrate with a low glycemic index, so it won’t spike your blood sugar.

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Ok, definitely something "good", but more importantly, will it pass the taste test? After all, "good" often equals "taste yucky".

Tried it out last weekend.  Prep method - Similar to her normal porridge, just that I replaced half the rice with quinoa. Added pumpkin and carrot. When it was done (double boiled about 20 minutes), I mixed in some banana pieces and low fat milk.

Erin's Quinoa Porridge

Taste test?  Surprise...surprise..... it tasted YUMMY!!  I couldn't resist stealing a few mouthfuls while I was feeding Erin. Reminded me of tinned rice pudding I used to buy in UK.

And of course since it's Erin's porridge, the little boss needs to approve and yup...

Erin liked it!
See how she leaned forward towards the spoon  :)
I'm happy with this new "discovery" of mine.
The following day, I made some for myself too. (for Erin, my fav is Point #1 - high quality protein and for myself, my fav is Point # 5 - non fattening!). Did the same thing but added a little bit of  sugar and an apple, and voila.... I had a complete meal  :) 


ChloeRuoyi said...

Read and heard so much about quinoa but never bothered to try it. I couldn't think of a better way to cook it since Chloe is already out of the "porridge phase" now.

Ai Sakura said...

Heard about it too but never tried.. might get myself a small pack too heh.

Ai @ Sakura Haruka

Small Kucing said...

Paiseh...i didnt know about this leh teill you highlighted

Adrine said...

HL - u can still make a quinoa rice pudding dessert for Chloe. Or just google. I saw plenty of recipes on the net.

Ai - do give it a try.

Mamarazzi - ha u know :)

Health Freak Mommy said...

Healthy & yummy porridge! You can also prepare quinoa salad using cooked quinoa and chopped celery, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, drizzle of olive oil or salad sauce.

Stacy said...

I actually don't quite like it. Maybe coz mine is black and pretty obvious with its little 'tail' sprout. Make some and bring over?

Unknown said...

I gave this to Victoria last year too, by mixing it with her brown rice and garlic. Tasteless. Glad your Erin loves it, because it is really so much more nutritious than many other grains.