Tuesday, January 13, 2009

on sunday night, after mwr had been researching what one should put in one's body for the majority of the day, we made a healthy meal.

this is the recipe that we used.

after a long period of wanting to try quinoa, we finally did it. unfortunately, we did not follow the recipe exactly and i think the flavor really suffered. three things we neglected to do:

1) cook the quinoa in broth instead of water. (bushwick hates vegetable broth)
2) add the beans until the very, very end. i think this was a bigger mistake than we realized; there was no time for the flavors to mix together.
3) cook the vegetables for the suggested cooking time. we would be really bad at hell's kitchen because we failed to have everything ready when it was supposed to be ready. i think with this recipe, it's really important to not overcook the onions and peppers so that they still have bite after you bake them.

luckily some salt, pepper, and hot sauce did the trick.

while the stuffed bell peppers were baking, we had also made a delicious side of collard greens with garlic and onions. this was my favorite part of the meal.

mmm, healthy dinner!

vegan update: it's been nine days and, despite the fact that i have probably accidentally cheated a couple of times, i am really enjoying it. by having to think about my meals more than i was before, i am able to make infinitely better decisions. yay!


Queen of Cuisine said...

I wish I knew more things about quinoa. This looks pretty delicious though.

k said...

Not only is quinoa high in protein, but the protein it supplies is complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. Not only is quinoa's amino acid profile well balanced, making it a good choice for vegans concerned about adequate protein intake, but quinoa is especially well-endowed with the amino acid lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair. In addition to protein, quinoa features a host of other health-building nutrients. Because quinoa is a very good source of manganese as well as a good source of magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus, this "grain" may be especially valuable for persons with migraine headaches, diabetes and atherosclerosis.

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Queen of Cuisine said...

Manganese was always my favorite element on the periodic table.