- Date: Sunday, April 1st, 2012
- Categories: Home Cooking
For the past two weeks, my roommate P and I have been on a healthy cooking rampage. She shared me some healthy recipes and I was glad to learn that they are stuff that I would normally eat anyway! except that I’d buy them at a salad shop / restaurants which can get expensive if you have them daily. By cooking, I save a lot money and calories!
I find that the groceries I buy during the weekend really dictates whatever I eat during the week, so this weekend I tried to be more creative with my shopping list. I still use chicken breast as my meat but started experimenting with veggies other than the usual baby spinach and chickpeas.
The highlight of this week’s buy is quinoa seeds. I’ve only been introduced to this awesome protein-packed pseudograin over the past year, when I started frequenting The Rotisserie (my favorite lunch spot) and they would have it as one of the salads.
Quinoa can be easily found at your local grocery store. In my case I got them from the organic section of Fairprice nearby my place. Cooking them is super easy too! Just boil 2:1 ratio of water to quinoa with salt and pepper to taste. I’m not sure how long I boiled them for, but I stirred once awhile and check to see if they’re done. When they turn a bit translucent and have grown about twice their original size, I strained them and let them sit in the sink so the excess water would have some time to evaporate. A cup of dry quinoa can easily feed you for two meals once cooked.
This is what I made for lunch this afternoon:
I boiled 3/4 cup of dry quinoa, then (separately) stir-fried some chicken breast (seasoned with cajun seasoning), red and yellow bell peppers, portobello mushrooms and some lime for the extra kick, using 1tbsp of extra virgin olive oil.
It was an awesome meal and super healthy! More importantly, it kept me full for HOURS which is not an easy feat since I’ve been known to be a bit of a glutton :P