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Learning to love Bulgur and Quinoa

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One of those days when my body craves for something semi-healthy. It is like the body has had enough junk stuffed into it and it screams for some nourishment.

I have learnt to love bulgur and quinoa. I  probably have a tendency to over-cook it as I don’t really care for measurements when I am cooking. I like to eye-ball it. As long as it tastes and looks good who cares if it was done right. Yes, I am superficial like that.

So what’s on the plate?

I stir fried some shrimp and baby spinach with my favourite sambal. I like my food to have a little spice. Otherwise ” I can’t get no satisfaction…”

Then there is a relish to add a little freshness and crunch. I chopped some cucumbers, apples, onions, cilantro and seasoned it with a pinch of salt, pepper and lemon juice.

The bulgur and quinoa I cooked in chicken stock, chopped onions, smashed garlic, a little tumeric, paprika, salt and pepper. Once it is almost cooked, I add fava beans, olives, raisins, sunflower seeds, cilantro, lemon zest and juice. 

Yum!

So refreshing on a not so typically hot spring afternoon in Chicago.

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Lunch!

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Once in a while I make a conscious effort to eat healthy.

The strangest thing about getting old is that your taste buds change. Celery no longer tastes like turpentine. I begin to appreciate the crunch and the sweetness and peppery flavour that accompanies every bite.

I read somewhere that sometimes your body tells you what it needs. Apart from the daily desire to indulge in sugar laden confectioneries, my inner voice has been craving for freshness. Believe it or not, it wants some veg.

Just 5 years ago the only vegetable I ate were carrots and even then it was only in a carrot cake. But at the ripe old age of 31 my body appreciates vegetables.

When I am home for lunch I like making food that is quick and simple. Nothing annoys me more than having to eat a cold sandwich with some high sodium cured meat in between 2 slices of lifeless bread. That’s laziness and a lack of imagination.

Here’s a lunch recipe I would love to share with you:

Couscous and bulgur : Boil some chicken stock and add a couple crushed garlic and pepper to the stock. Once the stock is at a rolling boil, add some couscous and bulgur. Let it boil for a minute or two. Cut off the heat and cover the pot with a lid and let the couscous and bulgur absorb the liquid. When all the liquid is absorbed, fluff and throw in some raisins.

Lake trout: Season with paprika, tumeric, salt, pepper and herbes de provence. Pan fry with a little vegetable oil or olive oil. Cook through. And even healthier option would be to steam or bake the fish but i think lake trout has a better flavour when pan fried.

Green beans: Blanch green beans in hot water. In a pan with  2tbsp of olive oil, add some diced potatoes, onions and garlic(in that order). When it starts to exude a fragrant sweet aroma, add the green beans. Salt and pepper to taste. Add a dash of balsamic vinegar for a tangy sweetness.

Relish to accompany the fish: Dice celery, cucumber, tomato, onion, strawberries and cilantro. Squeeze lime over the mixture. Salt and pepper to taste. Mix and serve over fish.

An easy, healthy and tasty meal that anyone can make. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.