Friday, September 10, 2010

Veragirl, Odel & Laurie, and Quinoa. Sweet Potatoes

The other day Vera talked about quinoa, (http://vera-veragirl.blogspot.com/2010/09/quinoa.html),  and Odel and Laurie (http://laurieandodel.blogspot.com/) knew what she was talking about. 
Here is one of their recipes: https://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=dd8qdfsb_15mj66q6g5&hl=en
So here are facts about it:
"Health Benefits Of Eating Quinoa (keen-wah)
  • Quinoa is rich in protein content. In fact, it is a complete protein as it contains all the essential amino acids, especially lysine, which is required by the body to grow and repair tissues.
  • It has high content of manganese in it, which acts as antioxidant in the body and helps it get rid of dangerous cancer cells and other diseases.
  • The seed proved to be a good source of magnesium, which provides relief from migraine headaches, relaxes blood vessels, and decreases the risk of hypertension.
  • Riboflavin present in quinoa reduces the frequency of migraine attacks, by producing energy metabolism within brain and muscle cells.
  • The presence of potassium and magnesium in quinoa prevents clogging of arteries and hence, relieves stress on the heart.
  • Quinoa has low content of saturated fats and cholesterol, making it an ideal food for every health conscious consumer.
  • It is a good source of calcium, which is extremely important for the growth of healthy teeth, bones and skin.
  • The grain is a boon for people who are allergic to wheat and are suffering from Celiac disease, as it is gluten free.
  • Quinoa is a wonderful source of fiber for the body, which aids easy elimination and toning of colon.
  • The food is rich in carbohydrates, an efficient fuel for energy production required by children and athletes.
  • It is a good source of insoluble fiber that helps avoid gallstones, especially in women who are more prone to them.
  • The high content of copper present in it helps in oxidizing glucose, produces skin coloring agent melanin and acts as catalyst in the formation of hemoglobin. "
  • From:  http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/benefits-of-quinoa-6494.html

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Here is more about quinoa, and some recipes:
http://chetday.com/quinoa.html
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So maybe you will think about incorporating it into your diet.
Anything you can do to eat healthy is going to help you.

I wonder how many of you saw Dr. Oz show today?  Another Dr., a cancer researcher, spoke about what to eat to avoid cancer.
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Today:

If I didn't already have some sweet potatoes to eat up, I would have had quinoa today.  I keep some already cooked in the freezer, to put in soups, stews, etc.  But I like the quinoa salad recipes, too, and it needs to be cooked up fresh for them.
This is my favourite recipe, except I crinkle cut them, and put them on wrinkled foil, so I don't have to turn them:

Peanut Butter Crusted Sweet Potato Fries
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into thin fry-like strips
3 tablespoons chunky peanut butter
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
Preheat oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium size bowl, mix together the peanut butter, olive oil, and salt. Take sweet potatoes and toss in bowl with your hands until fully coated. Line up on baking pan and cook at 400F for 20 minutes. Flip and bake for another 10 – 20 minutes or until crisp.


Ray and I painted the second coat of paint on the vintage motor home's roof.  Well, he did the painting, I was just the "gofer".  The color is a perfect match to the rest of the RV.

Then we came inside for a few tasks, as it was just too humid today.

3 comments:

Sandra said...

Those peanut butter fries sound delicious. Unfortunately Gordon has a food sensitivity to sweet potatoes. I eat quinoa quite a bit but he doesn't like it so he eats rice or potatoes. I'm a short order cook these days!

LakeConroePenny,TX said...
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LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Thank you for your comment Sandra.

Maybe there is a way you can serve the quinoa in a way that Gordon will like it.
I cook it with a low salt bouillon cube or two, to give it a different flavors. Chicken, Beef, Vegetable, or I have even used Shrimp bouillon cubes, and they have a bit of a bite to them.

I only have to feed me, now, but I did take the time to make some of the Peanut Butter Sweet Potato Fries tonight. I have enough left for another day.

Your two different diets must make cooking a chore!

Happy Trails, Penny, TX

I deleted the previous post, as there was a spelling mistake, but it said the same thing.