Ah Quinoa – which before I knew how to pronounce it, called it Quin-noa! (FYI it’s pronounced ‘keen-nwa’), It’s such a super healthy grain. Totally gluten free, full of benefits and is bursting with protein and vitamins! It’s no wonder it’s hailed a super food and for those who are sticking to a healthy diet have replaced rice with this funny sounding grain!
Now I’m always wanting to embark on a healthy eating regime but I do so well for a few days then stuff my face with the delightful bad stuff like… pizza, pasta, take away (all gluten free of course) but since I’m due to go on holiday to Florida in a couple of weeks, I was worried I’d look like Shamu the killer whale and get harpooned out of the pool! [fun fact: I’m actually terrified of Whales!]
For the first time ever, I have introduced Quinoa to my diet and I absolutely love it! I’ve had it alongside my curry and with my salads in the evening. Although some people may argue that it’s actually quite boring and tasteless, I have started to cook with a little hint of lemon, which makes it perfect for summer!
So if you fancy trying Quinoa, then here is my super easy recipe for Lemon Flavoured Quinoa
1 cup of dried Quinoa
2 cups of Boiling Water
Pinch of Salt
Measure out your dried Quinoa
Rinse the dried Quinoa in a sieve under cold water. Make sure you do this as the Quinoa can taste quite bitter
Add the 2 cups of Boiling Water and bring to the boil
Add the salt and reduce the heat until the water simmers. Continue to simmer until all the water has absorbed
Carefully pour the cooked Quinoa into a bowl, squeeze the 1/2 lemon into the Quinoa and mix to combine
And since it’s far too warm to bake [I seem to be melting in this summer heat!] and I’m also not a great fan of mint flavoured cakes and chocolates [trust me, I’m a fussy eater!], I decided to make some Gluten and Egg free Mint Lamb Burgers! The reason why is because it’s the perfect weather for barbecues and these make tasty and refreshing gluten and egg free burgers fit for the barbie!
What’s more, the recipe can be adapted to make Lamb Mint meatballs [to go alongside a summer salad] or moulded round wooden/metal skewers to make tasty Mint Lamb style Kebabs!
If you do decide to make your own Gluten and Egg free Mint Lamb Burgers, make sure you finely chop the ingredients! This will ensure the burgers don’t fall apart when you start cutting and cooking them!
1 Onion [finely chopped]
3 Cloves of Garlic [finely chopped]
1 heaped teaspoon of Ground Coriander
1 heaped teaspoon of Ground Cumin
1 heaped teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
A big handful of Mint Leaves [finely chopped]
A small handful of Fresh Coriander [finely chopped]
500g Lamb Mince
Salt and Pepper to taste
Tablespoon of Olive Oil
In a large bowl, add the finely chopped Onion
Add the finely chopped Garlic
Add the heaped teaspoons of Ground Cumin, Coriander and Cayenne Pepper
Now Add the finely chopped Mint Leaves and Coriander
Add the Lamb Mince and season with Salt and Pepper
With a fork or knife [or your hands!] mash up the Lamb Mince with the rest of the ingredients
With clean hands – make a burger style patty [try and make them all the same size so they cook equally]
Heat a little Olive Oil over medium to high heat, and carefully add the Lamb Mint Burger to the frying pan
Cook on both sides till the inside of the burger is cooked through fully
Et Viola – you’re ready to scoff your face!
If you’ve decided to cook these burgers on the barbie or under the grill – make sure you brush each burger with a little olive oil.
I’d never tried (or heard) of a falafel until I moved to Manchester for University! It was in my first week of being a student, that I ventured into the famous Curry Mile, where I ws literally like a little kid in a sweet shop!
For those who don’t know, the Curry Mile in Manchester has the largest array of Pakistani, Indian, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi cuisine! There’s so many fabulous restaurants, cafes and take outs that even the fussiest of eaters will find somewhere they like and it was here where I tried my very own falafel!
Anyways, for those who don’t know, a falafel is a fried ball [or patty/burger] made from ground chickpeas and spices. They’re usually served in a pitta bread or on a bed of salad. As you can already tell, these beauties are ideal for either lunch or dinner and make a quick, easy peasy and oh no healthy meal!
1 Can of Chickpeas
1 Garlic Clove [chopped]
1 Small Onion [chopped]
1 tsp Ground Cumin
1 tsp Ground Coriander
1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper [optional]
2 tbsp Gluten Free Plain Flour
A handful of Coriander leaves
1 tbsp Oil
Drain the chick-peas then let them dry on some kitchen paper
After the chick-peas have dried, pop them into a food processor and blitz them until the look like breadcrumbs
Add the chopped onion, garlic, ground cumin, ground coriander, plain flour coriander leaves and cayenne pepper to the chickpeas in the food processor and blitz together
After blitzing all the ingredients together, carefully empty the mixture into a clean bowl [If you’ve got a shoddy and annoying food processor like mine, you might have to mash the mixture a little with a fork/potato masher]
Shape the mixture into little balls, then flatten to make little ‘patties’ . In other words, make them look like little burgers!
Heat some oil in a frying pan and fry the patties for 3 minutes until lightly golden [I know in the bottom picture, it looks like I’m drowning the poor patties but I thought I would deep fat fry them… this just made them soggy so I tried again and fried it in a tablespoon of oil, which worked wonders]
Serve in either a gluten free pita bread like moi [I used Asdas free from pitta bread] or on a bed of salad!