The weather in Bahrain has been just perfect for the past one week. Dramatic clouds adorn the skies and an odd drizzle around the island makes it just perfect. I have been enjoying this weather because I know it is short-lived and the scorching summers are just a few days away. There is something else that I am enjoying just as much and that is announcing giveaways and winners on my blog. My 6th blog anniversary has been so special because of these generous giveaways from wonderful sponsors. With this I announce the winner of the third giveaway – Anusha Raghuram for consistently being so supportive of my blog. Thank you so much Anusha. You win yourself an Organic products hamper from Lulu Hypermarket.
With this, I concluded the organic hamper giveaway series. A big thank you to Lulu Hypermarket for sponsoring three gorgeous organic product hampers.
But the giveaways do not end here. I have three vouchers for dinner for two at Skywalk Cafe at the Marriott Executive Apartments. The Skywalk Cafe has a sumptuous Italian buffet to offer every Tuesday night. Three lucky winners get to go to Skywalk and for that all you need to do is –
It has been really hectic the past week and I didn’t have the time to update the blog. However, here I am with yet another giveaway from Lulu Hypermarket. Not just that, I also will be sharing Quinoa recipes that are extremely easy to prepare and healthy to treat your family to.
Quinoa is a versatile ingredient that is great for all age groups. Quinoa is a seed that is rich is protein and very useful for weight loss. There are primarily three types of Quinoa – Red, White and Black. I use all the three types of Quinoa varieties in my diet and here are my observations of the same-
White Quinoa is commonly found and on cooking they tend to be mushy. Initially I cooked a lot of this variety but the mushy texture did not appeal to me and so I switched to its red and black varieties. If at all, I do use white quinoa, I use them in salads and eat it cold ( again something I don’t prefer). But I know many people who enjoy cold salads and white quinoa works just fine.
Red and the black Quinoa hold their shape after cooking and in my opinion taste better than the white variety. I make stir fries with vegetables, paneer, tofu, hallumi and even add scrambled egg sometimes.
Quinoa cooks quickly and is the best source of nutrition for people with gluten allergy. Quinoa is also available in flakes and powdered / flour form for several uses in cooking and baking. Quinoa as I mentioned earlier is very rich in protein and has the perfect balance of all 9 amino acids which is real in plant protein and commonly found in meat. So for vegetarians, vegans and plant based diet followers, who usually struggle to meet their daily quota of protein, should definitely consider including quinoa in their diet.
So that was about the Quinoa and its wonderful properties.
Before I get into the recipe, I would like to announce the winner of #Giveaway2 and announce #Giveaway3.
The winner of #Giveaway2 is Anita Das. Congrats Anita! You got all the brownie points for sharing the news about the giveaway on maximum number of social channels – Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Pinterest. You win yourself a organic products hamper from Lulu Hypermarket!
Now for Giveaway 3, all you need to do to win the LAST ORGANIC HAMPER from Lulu Hypermarket is obviously say that you are interested in the giveaway in the comments AND let me know which of the 3 recipes I shared during the giveaways is your favourite?
vegetables to stir fry such as peas , mushrooms, corn
paneer - 1/4 cup, crumbled
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
red chilli flakes
garam masala ( optional)
lemon juice - 1 tbsp
salad vegetables like onions, tomatoes, cucumber, chopped finely
To cook the quinoa, you can either use plain water or any kind of stock. For the corn and mushroom Quinoa, I used vegetable stock to cook.
For 1//4th cup of Quinoa, you will need to use 1 cup of water. For 1 cup quinoa, you will need 2 cups water.
To cook quinoa, you need to first rinse the quinoa under the running tap and the drain the water. Allow the water or the stock to heat and add the quinoa. Let the water come to a boil and then lower the heat. Close the lid of the vessel and cook quinoa at low heat. Check in between to see if the water has drained you will notice a tail like structure sprouting out of the quinoa grains. Once the water drains fully, take it off the heat and let it cool.
Fluff the quinoa with a fork.
The entire process takes about 10-15 minutes.
During this time, you can cut and prep your vegetable and other condiments.
Take a shallow pan and heat some oil, add your ingredients - first the garlic, then the vegetables, and once the vegetables are cooked, add the Quinoa. Give it a thorough mix and season the mixture well. Take it off the heat.
Type one - For the Corn and mushroom using red quinoa, I used vegetable stock to cook Quinoa. Quinoa, beautifully absorbs the flavour of the stock to give the dish a wholesome flavour. Add salt, pepper, chilli flakes to season it. Serve it hot with yogurt.
Type two - Peas and Paneer using black Quinoa, - I looked the Quinoa in water and then added it to stir-fried peas and crumbled paneer. It looks a bit mushy because of the paneer. Add garam masala and chilli flakes for more dramatic flavour. It is a very satisfying one -pot meal. Serve it hot with buttermilk
Type three - Cold salad using white Quinoa. - Used water to cook white Quinoa and fluffed it up with a fork, once cooked. Added chopped salad vegetables.season it with salt, pepper, chaat masala, lemon juice or opt for a vinaigrette dressing. You can also add roasted peanuts or seeds to give it an extra crunch. Refrigerate it before serving.
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Before I get into the thick of things, I would like to thank the readers of my blog who took time out to participate in my blog anniversary celebrations. Let me begin with announcing the winner of the last giveaway – Hearty congrats to Julia Atherton – Dandy ( @Bahrainbizmum) for winning the first organic hamper from Lulu Hypermarket. Do get in touch with me so that I can handover the hamper to you.
Others who did not win, shouldn’t feel let down because there are two more opportunities to win organic hampers from Lulu Hypermarket. So waste no more time and participate already!
All you need to do is,
Write in the comments that you are interested in winning this hamper
brownie points to those who share this post on their social media channels and let me know that they did.
In this post, I shall two very easy and highly nutritious recipes using Lulu Hypermarket’s organic Spelt bread and a 8 cereal mix.
The Organic spelt bread is very simple to use and tastes great even when you simply toast and have it with a smidgen of butter. The seed -studded bread loaf is very versatile and can be made very interesting with a wide range of healthy toppings for a quick snack during the day or even while entertaining guests at home. For those who do not know what spelt it is, it will be useful to read this.
I topped my spelt bread slices ( which I toasted from ) with all kinds of sweet and savory toppings. Peanut butter and banana, nutella with raspberries, labneh and honey with chia seeds and one with raspberry jam.
In the savory ones, I enjoyed topping pickles on chilly labeh, olives pesto and olive paste. cherry tomatoes with labneh
You can make endless combinations that are appetizing and healthy too.
My personal favourite is the one with pickles and olives and pesto in the savory ones while in the sweet ones, nutella tops the list with labneh and honey.
The other interesting recipe I have to share today is an easy gluten -free hot cereal which is my go -to breakfast at least 3-4 times a week.
This cereal mix can be made sweet or savory but I prefer savory. What is more, it is gluten free and so a very useful product for people suffering from gluten intolerance. I love it because it tastes amazing!