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Superfood called Quinoa

Quinoa pronounced as keen-wa is a flavourful and wholesome grain which was first domesticated and cultivated in Bolivia by Andean people around 3000 to 4000 years ago. It has been an important staple in the Andean cultures where the plant is indigenous but relatively obscure in the rest of the world. The Incas, who help the crop to be sacred, referred to it as chisaya mama or ‘mother of all grains’, and it was the Inca emperor who would traditionally sow the first seeds.

History of Quinoa– During the Spanish conquest of South America, the colonists scorned it as ‘food for Indians’ and suppressed the cultivation, due to its status within indigenous religious ceremonies. The occupiers forbade Quinoa cultivation for a time and Incas were forced to grow wheat instead.

Today Quinoa has been singled out by the FAO as the food with “high nutritive value” and is the world’s most popular “superfood”. It is loaded with protein, fibre, and minerals and does not contain any gluten. Quinoa is native to Bolivia, and believe it or not, is relative to Swiss chard, spinach, and beets. Just a cup of quinoa contains 8g of protein, 5g of fibre, 15% (daily value) DV iron, 30% DV magnesium, 19% DV folate and also heart- healthy omega 3 fatty acids. It is the perfect gluten -free substitute for pasta, rice or couscous. It is also frequently milled into gluten-free flour that can be used in baking, or as a base for gluten -free pasta cereals and more.

In their natural state, the seeds or grains have a coating of bitter-tasting saponins, making them unpalatable. Most of the grain sold commercially is processed to remove this coating. In south America, quinoa saponin has many uses, including as a detergent for clothes and an antiseptic wash for skin injuries.

Just like superheroes swoop in at that critical moment to save the day, superfoods are those that rescue our bodies from illness, nutritional deficiencies and the threat of obesity. There is no technical definition of the term “superfood”, but the word is typically associated with foods that offer multiple benefits for the body without a high amount of fat and calories accompanying them.  According to the Oxford dictionary’s definition – a superfood is a nutrient-rich food, considering it to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.

Quinoa, Cooked, Pot, Grain, Vegetarian, Food, Healthy
Quinoa Cooked Pot Grain, Vegetarian Food

With only 222 calories per serving and only 4 gm of unsaturated fat, quinoa meets the low cal, a low-fat definition of a superfood, and also offers many benefits for the body. Almost 15 percent of the total content of quinoa is protein, more than double the amount found in most standard grains. Studies have revealed that quinoa has a complete amino acid profile, meaning that with each serving, your body is getting nine key building blocks for making protein. Due to this, it is also a natural appetite suppressant, aiding you in consuming less food throughout the day. It is often suggested as food for dieters as it is high in protein and low-calorie nutritional profile. It is also a good source of riboflavin which helps decrease the attacks of migraine sufferers by boosting the energy metabolism within the muscle cells and brain.

Clearly quinoa offers many proven nutritional benefits while introducing very little calories and fat to your diet. So the important thing is that you try to call it “breakfast”, “lunch” or “dinner” and find some way to incorporate this nutritious superfood into your daily meals.

To be continued….Recipes for quinoa

Traditional Yorkshire Puddings

Yorkshire Puddings
Traditional Yorkshire Puddings

Have you got served traditional English Sunday roast ever? Very often served with Yorkshire Puddings – which is  soaked in sauce! Old Mama said, enough about average fond of sauce, so these puddings are like mama from above for me.

Traditional Yorkshire Puddings

Yorkshire pudding was originally eaten as a separate appetizer with thick gravy to fill up the stomach, that one should not eat as much of the costly meat that came in the main course. Today we make the often small variations of Yorkshire Pudding served as an accompaniment.  You can sometimes get a bigger Yorkshire pudding, which is filled with mashed potatoes, gravy, chopped meat from the roast and vegetables.

The best Yorkshire Pudding is how easy it is to make! Although there probably are countless recipes, I’ve landed on a very simple and straightforward one. The few ingredients measured up in a 1-1-1 ratio:

  • 4 eggs, measure them in a measuring jug
  • milk – the same amount as eggs
  • flour – the same amount as eggs
  • A pinch of salt
  • about 2 tablespoons of fat, oil or butter
Traditional Yorkshire Puddings
  • Blending the 4 eggs in a measuring jug and note the amount. Place the eggs in a bowl.
  • Measure out equal quantity of milk eggs and add to the bowl with the eggs. Take a pinch of salt. Whisk egg / milk mixture well together. If it gets a lot of bubbles and foam in the mixture (it will be happy if you use mixer), then allow the mixture to stand for 5-10 minutes until the flour whisk in.
  • Measure out equal amount of flour as eggs, and run it in the egg / milk mixture. Whisk well pipe is smooth and lump-free. Allow the mixture to stand. In the refrigerator, preferably several hours, but at least a quarter.
  • Apply grease or oil in a muffin tray or ceramic forms and insert in preheated oven at 225 degrees. Let stand for about 5 minutes. Take the molds out and pour quickly pipe into molds, about 1/3 full, and looked quickly into the oven again high.
  • Bake for 15-30 minutes (depending on size of forms). The puddings should raise profusely and become golden brown.
Traditional Yorkshire Puddings

YOU don’t have to come from Yorkshire to love this great national dish.

Recipe courtesy Olive Ole

Source: Oliveole

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