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Superfood Recipe - Quinoa Risotto

by Marine Le Sager October 24, 2019

Prepare a delicious Quinoa Risotto!

Quinoa cereal

Quinoa is well-known to be a superfood, so much so that the Incas called it "chisiya mama" aka "The Mother of All Cereals", not only for its delicious taste but also for its incredible and numerous nutrition properties.

The quinoa nutrition is rich: it is the only cereal that has a complete chain of amino acids, as well as trace elements and vitamins, making it a super resource for vegetarians and vegans. Even if you eat an omnivorous diet, having a little quinoa in your pantry is never too much. 
Hell Yeah, Quinoa is also naturally gluten-free!! These are the most interesting nutriments this amazing superfood cereal contains:

  • A high content of minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and calcium.
  • Vitamins B, C, and E
  • Essential Amino Acids, which are keys to our brain development
  • Protein and fiber
  • Omega 6
  • Low glycemic index

Aren't you amazed by all the nutrition facts of quinoa?? 

As a superfood cereal, you can make an endless number of quinoa recipes, both sweet and salty, since its flavor alone is not very strong.

Here is an example of a delicious recipe that you can enjoy at any time of the day. Loaded with protein and fiber, this quinoa risotto or "quinotto" is a good alternative to the original Italian risotto. 

Mushrooms and Spinach Quinoa Risotto

Mushrooms and Spinach Quinoa Risotto

Serving Size: 2 people

Preparation time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of quinoa
  • 1 cup of mushrooms of your choice (shiitake, buttons mushrooms, morels, etc.)
  • 3 portobellos
  • A handful (or 2) of spinach
  • 1 cup of Vegan white wine
  • 2 cup of Vegetable broth
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 large onion
  • 2 tablespoon of organic olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon of dairy-free butter, like margarine
  • Thyme and/or fresh rosemary
  • Sea salt
  • Ground pepper
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Toppings (optional): chopped parsley, chives, spring onions, walnuts, pine nuts

Preparation

  1. Soak mushrooms in warm water for at least 30 minutes and chop them.
  2. Finely chop the garlic and onion. Sauté on medium heat with 2 tablespoons of oil and 2 tablespoons of non-dairy butter in a frying pan until golden.
  3. Add the quinoa to this garlic and onion mixture and stir for about a minute.
  4. Then add the wine white to the pot and let the quinoa absorbs the liquid. 
  5. Add the chopped mushrooms.
  6. Ladle the vegetable broth to the quinoa and stir until the liquid is fully absorbed. When the quinoa appears almost dry, add another ladle of broth and repeat the process.
  7. Reduce to medium-minimum heat until the quinoa is fully cooked.
  8. Turn off the heat, add the washed spinach, fresh thyme, pepper, salt, and stir.
  9. Finally, add the nutritional yeast for a "cheesy" flavor. The amount is up to you, regarding how strong you want the flavor to be.
Serve it with some toppings. ere are some ideas: fresh chopped parsley, walnuts, pine nuts, chopped chives, spring onions, etc.

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    Marine Le Sager
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    Hey, I'm Marine! Passionate about plants and nutrition, I'm sharing my most delicious and healthy recipes that you can enjoy after sports training workouts that I am also writing about! Peace and love the planet ♥︎✌︎


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