Healthy Lohi |Quinoa

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Jollof-quinoa

Today I am bringing y’all a recipe I tried for the first time last week.  My friend Ada of Afrizion asked me to help come up with some quinoa related recipes and also Sting of Nigerian Scorpio asked if I could make it a little Nigerian-esque. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! First of all let me explain what quinoa is. Quinoa according to Wikipedia (such terrible source I know)

 

Quinoa is considered a superfood.[14]Protein content is very high (14% by mass), yet not as high as most beans and legumes. Nutritional evaluations of quinoa indicate that it is a source of complete protein.[28][not in citation given][29] Furthermore, it is a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and is high inmagnesium and iron. Quinoa is also a source of calcium, and thus is useful for vegans and those who are lactose intolerant.[30][31] Quinoa is gluten-free and considered easy to digest. Because of all these characteristics, quinoa is being considered a possible crop in NASA’s Controlled Ecological Life Support System for long-duration human occupied spaceflights

With the nutritional benefits, it only made sense for someone like me on this pursuit of health to try and incorporate quinoa into my diet. I made the quinoa in a jollof-esque form and it was very delicious! The next day I made some stuffed peppers and guess what, I stuffed them with the quinoa for a totally different taste. I also added rosemary and basil to the the stuffed peppers and next time I make the jollof-quinoa I would add basil because of how much I loved the taste. Here is a quick recipe for a delicious quinoa meal, I hope you enjoy it if/when you try it.

 

quinoa

Serves 3
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 40 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish

Ingredients

  • 1lb boneless- skinless chicken breast
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 1 scotch bonnet (diced)
  • 1 teaspoon dry pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 bell pepper (sliced into thin strips/ julienned)
  • 1 handful fresh parsely (chopped)
  • salt/black pepper (for chicken/ to taste)

Directions

Step 1
Place the chicken in a plate. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and black pepper (to your taste, but a pinch of both should be more than enough) rub on the chicken using your fingers.
Step 2 In a pan, add the olive oil.Once the oil is hot, add the chicken and allow to cook on each side for 3-4 minutes. The chicken should be a light brown color. remove from the pan and set aside.
Step 3 Allow the pan to cool a bit then add the onions, ginger, scotch bonnet and garlic and allow to fry for 1-2 minutes
Step 4 Add the broth and tomato paste and stir. Allow to cook for 5 minutes on high heat.
Step 5 Add the quinoa, cover the pot and cook for 15 minutes on medium heat (depending on instructions on the box) if after 15 minutes, the quinoa is not yet soft, add more broth or water and allow to cook for 5 more minutes.
Step 6 Taste to see if more salt is needed. if yes, add more. if no, Add the chicken, pepper stripes and parsley and cook for 3 more minutes.
Step 7 Serve and enjoy.

quinoa. paella, jollof,

I hope you try this! I would do a part 2 with the stuffed peppers recipe in a few days. You can check out my facebook page to get an idea of the stuffed peppers. https://www.facebook.com/lohiscreations

Till next time,

Lohi

 

I am currently battling a fever,cold,stomach flu and migrane that I have no idea where they came from. I have not been this sick in like 10 years. #sigh! My parents and partner have been amazing from thousands of miles away. I love and appreciate them. Back to bed.

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Comments

  1. Hey Lohi. This is awesome. Thanks so much and I am going to try this today.

  2. brilliant!

  3. haha — only found out about quinoa a few months ago! will definitely attempt this!

    do you always have chicken broth stashed away?

  4. Please what is this quinoa called in the local dialect? I’ve been studying the pictures but it does not look familiar. Do we have it here in Nigeria?

    • Quinoa is a grain it should be available at shops like shoprite, le’ epicure, or a new store called so fresh, its 92 awolowo road ikoyi in Lagos.

  5. Added to my weekly meal plan, Will be trying this on Wednesday,

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