Mexican Quinoa

Mexican Quinoa

 

I love it when I come across a recipe that is not only delicious, healthy and easy but its also made in one pot in 30 minutes!

Mexican Quinoa

  • 1 tbsps Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 jalapeño (minced)
  • 1 cup quinoa  (rinsed well & drained)
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 can black beans  (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 large can diced tomatoes (can use fresh peeled & diced)
  • 1 can kernel corn
  • 2 tsps chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1-2 avocados (diced)
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • Chopped cilantro or green onion to garnish
  1. Heat oil over medium heat.  Add garlic and jalapeño and cook for 1 minute stirring frequently.
  2. Stir in quinoa, broth, black beans, tomatoes, corn, chilli powder, cumin, salt and pepper.
  3. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat. Simmer until quinoa is cooked, approximately 20 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in avocado and lime juice.
  5. Garnish with cilantro or green onion.

I can think of so many ways this recipe can be changed to suit your needs and leftovers can be stuffed into green peppers or squash, or try adding shredded cheese.

 

 

Adapted from Damn Delicious

 

 

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Pear, Apple & Spinach Juice

Pears

Pears are often recommended as a hypo-allergenic fruit and is often the first juice introduced to infants due to its mild taste.  The health benefits of pears are plentiful and are known to help prevent high blood pressure, stroke, cancer, high cholesterol, constipation and inflammation.

Drinking pear juice provides a cooling effect which helps soothe sore throats and fever.  It is also known to provide a quick natural source of energy and some studies suggest it can help boost the immune system so drink pear juice when you feel run down.

Pears are plentiful and cheap right now so take advantage and stock up.

Here’s a great energy boosting juice that will help start your day off on the right track.

Pear, Apple and Spinach Juice

  • 2 pears
  • 1 apple
  • 1 handful spinach (or kale)
  • 1 slice lemon
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger

Deep Purple

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1/2 head small red cabbage

2 apples

1 slice lemon

1/2 inch ginger

 

Red Cabbage – Full of vitamin K and anthocyans which help with mental function and concentration. Is said to lower blood sugar levels and boost insulin production. The high potassium content helps with high blood pressure by opening up blood vessels, easing the flow of blood. Contains the cancer preventative compounds lupeol, sinigrin and sulforaphane, which are known as cancer preventative compounds that stimulate enzyme activity and inhibit the growth of cancer tumors

 

Apples –  Extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber.  The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.

 

Lemon – Helps restore balance to the body’s ph.  Rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that work against infections like the flu and colds. Stimulates liver detoxification and helps to clean the bowels.  Helps dissolve gallstones, calcium deposits and kidney stones.  Have powerful antibacterial properties and helps strengthen blood vessels, contains 22 anti-cancer compounds.

 

Ginger –  Widely used throughout the world for treating loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting after surgery, nausea resulting from cancer treatment, flatulence, stomach upset, colic,  morning sickness and motion sickness. Helps with the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection, bronchitis, cough, menstrual cramps, arthritis and muscle pain.

Orange Cream

Sometimes you just want a pretty, bright, orange juice to brighten your morning. This one fits the bill 🙂

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Orange Cream

3 carrots

1 orange

1 slice lemon

1/2  inch ginger

 

Lemon – Helps restore balance to the body’s ph. Rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that work against infections like the flu and colds. Stimulates liver detoxification and helps to clean the bowels. Helps dissolve gallstones, calcium deposits and kidney stones. Have powerful antibacterial properties and helps strengthen blood vessels, contains 22 anti-cancer compounds.

Ginger – Widely used throughout the world for treating loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting after surgery, nausea resulting from cancer treatment, flatulence, stomach upset, colic, morning sickness and motion sickness. Helps with the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection, bronchitis, cough, menstrual cramps, arthritis and muscle pain.

Oranges – Contains 130% of your vitamin C which is a strong antioxidant that helps combat cancer. Contains potassium which is known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, reduce risk of stroke, protects against loss of muscle mass, preserves bone mineral density and reduces the formation of kidney stones. Known to help fight skin damage caused by the sun and pollution, reduce wrinkles and improve overall skin texture. Vitamin C plays a vital role in the formation of collagen, the support system of your skin.

Carrots – Thought of as the ultimate health food full of powerful antioxidants which reduce free radicals in the body. Helps reduce risk of cancer and because they are rich in beta-carotene they are known to help with vision. Many studies have found carrots have reduced the risk of lung cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer and leukemia.