Simple quinoa recipe – risotto with champignons and peas

Simple quinoa recipe – risotto with champignons and peas

Eating rice every week can get really boring and there are so many healthier alternatives to the refined white rice out there! My cousin Dana went to Peru and had discovered for our family not much known but in South America very popular quinoa. I soon fell in love with it because I don’t always have that much time for cooking as a mum of three and it takes only around 10-15 minutes for this pseudo-cereal to cook!

Here is one of my latest favorite recipes that my kids also love!

Ingredients

  • 300 g quinoa
  • 200 g fresh mushrooms (smaller)
  • 100 g peas (canned)
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • pint of pepper
  • 1 finger of fresh chopped parsley
  • salt
  • optional: grated cheese, tofu

Preparation

  1. Wash the quinoa well and cook it in cold water, (ratio quinoa to water 1:2). Let it boil, season with salt and cook it on a light fire for up to 5 minutes.
  2. Wipe mushrooms with a damp cloth and, if necessary, halve them.
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions; cook and stir until tender, about 10 minutes. Add mushrooms, cover and let it steam for about 5-10 minutes. Check the mushrooms and cook uncovered to let the water evaporate.
  4. Wash the peas and add to mushrooms. Add cooked quinoa, mix all the ingredients and stir for about 5-10 minutes.
  5. Season with pepper and fresh parsley or herbs and spices of your choice.

Pep it up with some additional proteins

Optionally add some grated cheese (parmesan). If you want to prepare a 100% vegan risotto, add tofu instead

Why is quinoa good for you?

Quinoa is an ancient cultivated plant and, like Amaranth, belongs to the foxtail family and was well known to the Incas. You can eat the young shoots and leaves, but mainly you use the seeds by cooking them like rice.

There are many advantages of quinoa:

  • has a high protein level and is considered a suitable source of all essential amino acids (rich in Lysine – important for growth and tissue regeneration)
  • high vitamins (Vitamin C, B-group) and minerals levels (iron, manganese, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc)
  • rich in insoluble fibers, which are necessary for the healthy gut and support the stable low blood cholesterol levels (and therefore have a positive effect on your health in general)
  • gluten-free
  • doesn’t cause allergic reactions

Another light meal I could recommend – Broccoli pizza crust that you can top with either veggies or ham and cheese or maybe tuna 😉 or how about a crustless quiche?