Thursday, October 28, 2010

Almost guilt free dessert


Here is to a almost guilt free dessert. Quinoa pudding! If you like quinoa you will love this.

If you do not know what quinoa is (pronounced as KEEN-WAH ) let me bore you for a minute. because it is amazing!
Quinoa is 100% whole grain and is close to being a perfect food source in the balance of nutrition it provides. Technically it's not a grain but they call it that. Quinoa is an excellent source of protein - 12% to 18%. According to The National Academy of Sciences, quinoa is "one of the best sources of protein in the vegetable kingdom". Quinoa contains the amino acid lysine which helps the body produce protein. It also helps the body process the protein in the quinoa and in other foods. The World Health Organization has rated the quality of protein in quinoa to be equivalent or superior to that found in milk products. See amazing!

This recipe I found here came from a beautiful blog. Worth checking out and drooling over.

Now go enjoy some dessert.

Quinoa Pudding with Macerated Strawberries

makes about 4 8 oz servings

3 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream (optional but makes it creamer)
1 or 2 tsp vanilla (mexican of course)
1/4 cup organic sugar
pinch of salt
1 cup quinoa

1 cup strawberries, diced
1 Tbs organic sugar

chopped pistachios (I did not add them but a great idea if you like nuts on desserts)

Place the quinoa in a strainer and rinse it with cold water.

Combine the milk, cream, sugar, salt and vanilla in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add the quinoa and stir. Reduce heat to medium low and cook for about 30 minutes stirring every few minutes. If skin starts to form on top of the milk, just stir it back in. The milk will reduce and thicken. Ladle into bowls.

Place cut strawberries in a bowl and sprinkle them with sugar. Toss them and let them sit at room temperature for about an hour until juices start to come out.

Top the puddings with the strawberries and chopped pistachios.
Quinoa info found on http://www.quinoa-recipes.com/Quinoa_Pages/What_Is_Quinoa.html

3 comments:

Nikki said...

OOOHHH YEAH! I'm so glad you do your research! I'm all over this one! Thank you resident chemist

Lisa said...

Oooh, I have quinoa. I might just have to try this.

Amy Beatty said...

I love quinoa! This and the one above sound way too good. I need to invest in a few more toys!!

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