In the blink of an eye we'll be complaining about how hot it is... until then let's cook something. Amaranth grain is gluten-free, packed with protein, a great source of magnesium and iron and is very filling. It can be challenging to cook, easily turning to a glue like consistency. Quinoa is everywhere and for good reason, it's a fantastic plant source protein, a gluten-free seed often assumed to be a grain that's packed with fiber. Cooking quinoa and amaranth together gives you the fluffiness of quinoa with the added nutty flavour of amaranth. The combo goes well with flavourful sauces, seasonings and of course added to a salads. Quinoa Amaranth Combo 1/2 cup organic quinoa 1/2 cup amaranth 1-2/3 cups filtered water mineral salt to taste Place water, grains and spices in a pan, bring to a boil then turn down to a high simmer for approximately 20 minutes or until grains reach desired consistency.    

photo cred Cat New obsession. Quinoa puffs. They are lovely and a really nice & healthy breakfast alternative. Serve it with some sliced fruit and homemade almond milk. And don't forget your peppermint tea with a dash of local unpasteurized honey. Nice one Gov'na. Quinoa Puffs (think making popcorn on the stove) 1. Check to see if your organic quinoa is pre-washed. If not, rinse thoroughly and let dry. 3. Spread a single layer of quinoa in frying pan over med-high heat. 4. Keep mixing/shaking the pan until you smell them roasting, then remove from heat immediately (constantly agitating them will prevent burning). 5. Transfer to a bowl right away - cool - eat. Store leftover in air-tight glass jar. They can also be sprinkled on salads too for a different texture. Enjoy.

Chocolate Banana Quinoa After Friday's post about breakfast quinoa I got a little crafty in the kitchen. I love chocolate and bananas, so I used the same left over quinoa and mixed in some cacao, sliced banana, with pumpkin seeds and a dash of honey for sweetness. Delicious! Chocolate Banana Breaky  1 cup cooked quinoa, salted 1 ripe organic banana, sliced 1/2 tsp raw cacao 1 tsp raw honey dash vanilla Mix by hand and enjoy the mind-blowing, all good for you breakfast. The magic of real food %&*!

Breakfast Quinoa Remember those little packets of instant hot cereal, I loved those things growing up and by growing up I mean up until a few years ago. Don't talk to me about any flavour except apple cinnamon, maple maybe but apple cinnamon was where it was at. Lots of excitement around breakfast quinoa these days and since I had a shit ton left over from delivery this week and the bros can only eat so much I decided to toss together an easy breaky in memory of those instant packages. Apple Cinnamon Quinoa  1 cup cooked quinoa 1 small apple, grated 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp raw honey (optional) Mix everything together by hand and enjoy! This is so easy, quinoa has about 8g of protein per cup and it keeps well in the fridge for 4 to 5 days so make a big batch. Mix and match fresh and dried fruits or add other flavours like raw cacao, or hemp seeds or chopped nuts. Really whatever is in your cupboard.

Power Salad Road trips with a cooler packed full of good treats is awesome, but what's even better is diving into your bowl of delicious homemade delights while the schlep beside you gnaws on their complementary airplane food. I'm telling you, it's one of my favourite parts of flying. I was in Vancouver over the weekend for the wedding of two lovely friends and was sure to pack a lunch both ways. Bring simple things like avocado, cooked quinoa, some cherry tomatoes and grapes or if you're really organized make a big salad. Even the goods' muesli is a great travel companion, just ask for hot water in flight. There are times to indulge and plane food isn't one of those times. Just remember, pour your dressing on before you go through security, then liquid rules don't apply. Enjoy your holiday travels and eat well.