I used to blog about every meal/creation that I would prepare, but I have been failing to do so. I always take photos thinking that I will “get to it later”. Well, that hasn’t worked. I just finished eating this mini meal (a meal in between my lunch and dinner), so I figured I better get to it right away.
FINALLY, I have added this one “grain” back to my diet. It’s
quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) and Wikipedia describes it as an edible seed that’s not a member of a true grass “cereal” family. All I know is that, so far, it’s not causing any symptoms of brain fog and my digestive system is handling it just fine. It’s not a sticky grain like rice. It’s gluten free. It stays separated when cooked. It’s also a nice grain that can be soaked, sprouted and eaten raw.
Today I wanted to eat quinoa and I wanted to make some wraps. Because, just a few days ago, I ate lettuce wraps at Ruggles Green in River Oaks and they were so yummy and filling that I decided that I would make a recipe of my own. I didn’t try to make the exact recipe…although I will definitely do so in the future. My taste buds had a mind of their own today.
- SaladDressing/Sauce (1 to 2 servings):
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 1 thin slice of onion (about 1/8 cup)
- 1/2 inch knob fresh ginger
- 1 to 1/2 tsp fresh garlic
- green onion tops from 1 green onion
- 2 TBS fresh cilantro
- 1/4 cup cashews, soaked and rinsed is best
- juice of 1 lime wedge and/or 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- dash of cayenne pepper
- salt/pepper to taste
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
- lettuce for salad or wraps
- Other possible Add-ins:•nori seaweed, dulse, kelp
- daikon root, Reishi (mushroom), cucumber, cabbage, bell peppers – ALL candida friendly
- carrots, other mushrooms, chestnuts – NOT Candida friendly
- Kim-chi (naturally fermented of course)
- Add vegetable broth, onion, ginger and garlic to a small saucepan – bring to a boil, then simmer 2 – 3 minutes.
- Add broth mixture and remaining dressing/sauce ingredients to a blender or Vitamix. (To prevent it from becoming a green sauce, add the green veggies last and don’t mix fully.)
- Assemble salad and place quinoa on top or scoop quinoa plus other ingredients into a large lettuce leaf and cover with the warm sauce.