December 11, 2013

Quinoa & Broccolette

A wholesome & healthy breakfast for your busy mornings!

Quinoa is considered to be a super food for all the health benefits it has to offer. Though quinoa is closely related to beetroots & spinach (It's surprising, right? I know!), it is considered as a cereal. High in protein, gluten-free, good source of dietary fiber and other minerals like calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium - are these reasons good enough to include this super food in your daily diet?!

Broccolette / broccolini has small florets and longer stalks is often mis-identified as young broccoli. Though this vegetable looks like broccoli, it is a hybrid of broccoli and chinese broccoli (kai-lan) and is high in vitamin C; also contains vitamin A, folate, calcium & iron.

To me, cooking broccolettes is faster & easier than broccoli; flash frying does the trick. Cut the florets from the stalks, heat olive oil on high, flavor the oil with some garlic & pepper flakes, add the florets & salt, saute just until they wilt, which will take about 3-4 mins. My pasta-obsessed daughter loves to have saute'ed broccolettes along with her pasta.

And, here in this recipe, I am bringing all the good stuffs together. Once you cook quinoa, making this recipe is an easy-peasy affair. Don't forget to top this dish with a handful of slivered almonds for that extra-crunch & nutritional boost!

Basic Info
Complexity - Simple
Prep time - 30 mins
Cook time - 20 mins
Serves - 4-5

Quinoa - 1.5 cups
Olive oil - 1 tbsp
Onion - 1 no (chopped)
Tomatoes - 2 nos (chopped)
Garlic - 2 pods
Baby Brocolette - 2-3 cups
Cumin powder - 1.5 tsp
Coriander powder - 1.5 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp (adjust to your taste / replace with paprika)
Salt - to taste
Cilantro - 2-3 tbsp (finely chopped)
Lime juice - 1-2 tsp (according to your taste)
Slivered almonds - to garnish

Cook quinoa as per the package instructions.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large pan. Add garlic pods and saute for few seconds until fragrant. Remove the garlic pods. Add onion and saute until translucent.

Add tomatoes, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and saute for 3-4 mins or until the raw smell of the spices are gone.

Crank up the heat a little, add baby brocolettes and saute until they wilt. Add salt to taste and mix well.

Now, add cooked quinoa and mix for all the spices to blend well.

Finally add cilantro, lime juice and mix to combine. Garnish with slivered almonds and serve!

- Replace broccolettes with broccoli / cauliflower.
- Tomato is optional. Skip it if you don't want them.