Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Quinoa Gwyneth Paltrow Style

I had a mega productive morning today. Woke up at 6am, even though my alarm was set for 7:30 and decided to go for a run along the canal. I did about 9km with a friend who just moved back to town. I am not sure if it's the warm weather, my perma jet-lague from Europe, the light in the morning, or what..but I am finally motivated to get out and run. Fiewf!! Just when I thought I was destined to be lazy forever.

Anyway after the run I quickly made this recipe for my lunch. I have been wanting to try out my new cookbook- It's All Good- by Gwyneth Paltrow. This recipe is  closely adapted from Gwyneth's quinoa with mushroom and thyme. I didn't use as much oil and didn't have fresh thyme but otherwise stuck quite closely to the original. I put the quinoa on, hopped into the shower and then made the rest of it.

It is very quick and simple.  I appreciate the cookbooks instructions on how to make good quinoa.

1 cup quinoa
1 3/4 cups water
pinch sea salt

Rinse quinoa, put in pot with water and salt and bring to a boil, reduce temperature and simmer with lid on for 12 minutes, and then put a paper towel under the lid while it rests for 5 minutes. I had never done that before and I think it did help with the texture, making the quinoa perfectly fluffy and moist.

- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- garlic
- mushrooms
- fresh or dried thyme
-2 cups arugula

In a fry pan put 1 tablespoon olive oil, and sauté 1 clove garlic for 30 seconds. Add in mushrooms and sauté until golden brown. Add in thyme.
- Mix 2 cups quinoa, mushrooms and arugula in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.


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