Spring has sprung and who wants to be stuck in a hot kitchen when there’s sun and warmth to be enjoyed outside. Here are a few healthy ingredients that are easy-to-find and easy to prepare.
Quinoa – You’re so nutty!
This berry is eaten like a grain, related to swiss chard, is a complete protein (uncommon in plant foods) and has a nutty flavour. Here are some things you can do with quinoa.
*berries (those round pebbly things): Soak, rinse and cook. Eat in place of rice.
*flakes (looks like oatmeal): Cook with liquid and eat like oatmeal.
*flour (looks like flour) Replace up to 1/3 cup of all-purpose flour with this flour in your baked goods.
Kale – Your 15 minutes of fame is up but you are still so good!
*Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper and bake to chip crunchiness.
*Eat raw in a salad.
*Let the leaves languidly stew in a soup.
Well hello kale!
*Combine cooked quinoa berries and kale in a salad.
*Thicken kale soup with quinoa flour.
*Use quinoa flakes in veggie burger mix and serve with a side of kale chips.