GRAINS & PULSES

Ancient grains have made a huge comeback, and 2016 was declared 'the year of the bean' by the United Nations

There is a reason these superfoods remain on trend - they are high in protein, fibre, antioxidants and so many nutrients that make them unbelievably good for you in so many ways:  weight loss, heart health, brain food, digestive health etc.  Make it habit to get a few of these in you every week! 

BEJEWELED QUINOA SALAD
Quinoa with bell peppers, red onion, fresh jalepeno, feta, lime juice, avocado and fresh mint.
BARLEY & BLACK BEAN BURRITOS
High-fibre barley + high-protein black beans with avocado on the side. It's a superfood plate of goodness.
NUTTY MINTY MILLET SALAD
Cooked in caramelized onions for a natural sweetness, mixed with spinach, bell pepper, fresh mint and almonds, then topped with feta and sliced grapes.
QUINOA CAULIFLOWER NO-MAC & CHEESE
GLUTEN-FREE 'NO-MAC' & CHEESE
Quinoa and cauliflower cooked with traditional "comfort food Mac & Cheese" ingredients for a delicious vegetarian, gluten-free dish.
CHICKPEA & QUINOA TABBOULEH
Chickpeas, quinoa, tomatoes, parsley, mint, lemon and onion make this a high-protein, gluten-free version of the classic Lebanese Tabbouleh.
BULGUR RISOTTO
With sautéed mushrooms and fresh basil.
EDAMAME & QUINOA SUPERFOOD BOWL
Edamame (soy beans), quinoa, spinach and almonds with a homemade asian dressing.
NASI GORENG WITH A TWIST
Made with ancient grain quinoa (or millet) instead of rice, topped with a fried egg.
BLACK RICE & GAMBAS AL AJILLO
Black rice topped with Gambas Al Ajillo (shrimp cooked in a garlic-chili oil...Spanish-style!)
RUSTIC LENTILS UMBRIA
Lentils cooked Italian-style with white wine, garlic, onions, carrots and tomatoes, garnished with fresh basil and parmesan cheese.
BELUGA LENTILS & ROASTED VEGGIES
Beluga (black) lentils served with roasted butternut squash and beetroot, garnished with pecans, feta cheese and fresh thyme.
MINTY SWEET & NUTTY BULGUR
Bulgur cooked with raisins and onion, topped with chopped almonds and fresh mint.
BURRITO CONES
Black beans and brown rice slow-cooked with Mexican spices, served in corn tortillas and topped with pico de gallo and a chive-yogurt sauce.
EASY WEEKDAY BURRITOS
Quick and easy prep time for a super tasty burrito filling of brown beans & brown rice.
VEGETARIAN HOPPIN' JOHNS
Black-eyed peas with bell pepper, onion, carrot, green chiles, kale, tomatoes and cayenne seasoning...
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LIVING LEKKER NOTES

COOKING DRIED GRAINS 101

 

Always rinse your grains before cooking, and pick through them for any potential little stones (rare, but happens sometimes).

 

Grains (actually, some of these are seeds) like quinoa, bulgur, millet, amaranth, buckwheat and barley and rice have cooking times that range from 15 minutes to an hour. They don’t need to be soaked over night.

 

Sturdy grains like spelt, wheat berries (tarwe in Dutch), rye (rogge) and farro should be soaked over night as they are quite tough by nature, thus soaking them overnight with shorten the cooking time.  The extra effort is worth it as they have a delicious nutty taste and texture.

 

COOKING DRIED PULSES 101

 

Always rinse your beans and lentils and pick through them for any potential little stones (rare, but happens some times).

 

Dried Beans

Soak them overnight

Don’t salt the beans during cooking, and don’t cook them with large amounts of acidic foods (tomatoes, lemon juice, wine) else they won’t soften.  There’s a reason all chili recipes call for pre-cooked beans!

 

Dried Lentils

Lentils don’t need to be soaked over night – they soften faster and cook more quickly than beans.

 

Same rule applies for salt and acid…nearly!

 

Exceptions to the above:  The Lentils Umbria recipe calls to soak the lentils the night before, specifically because you’ll be cooking them in a white wine and tomato sauce.  It works with pre-soaked lentils.  It doesn’t work with pre-soaked beans.  

BE CREATIVE

 

Many grains and beans are interchangeable.

 

Swap Quino, Millet and Bulgur for eachother if you've got one in your pantry, but not the one the recipe calls for.  I make the Bulgur Risotto recipe with quino or barley as well, and it's delicious!

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