Have you ever noticed how sensual and alive whole, unprocessed foods taste – food that uses fresh ingredients – after eating lots of sugar and carb-heavy foods? It’s refreshing. All you want is a nice, simple salad; nothing fancy. All those checkpoints are met with this simple quinoa dish and it can be prepared and on the table practically within no time at all. It is an easy and quick dish to make.
When Amy (Simply Sugar and Gluten Free) invited me to participate in the launch of hers and Maggie’s (She Let Them Eat Cake) new website, Balanced Platter, I immediately said yes. As I started to think about what I could share, I thought what better choice – and more appropriate – than this recipe?
If you haven’t played with quinoa and chocolate before, prepare to be amazed by these chocolate quinoa crepes. The earthy, almost grassy notes of quinoa flour pair extremely well with chocolate, creating a balance between the two contrasting flavours. The quinoa seems to enhance or bring out the chocolate’s flavour, while the chocolate rounds out quinoa flour’s flavour that can be overpowering for some. (Whole grain quinoa is much milder than the flour and not nearly as pronounced.) It is a duo that I would love to play with more.
I was invited by Sea of Book of Yum to be part of her Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Event and, after a lot of thought, I decided to focus on leftovers. As Americans gear up for Thanksgiving, all the food magazines and websites and blogs have delivered a huge array of Thanksgiving dinner and dessert ideas and suggestions. Leftovers, though, are practically a footnote taken into consideration.
These potato pancakes are made with leftover mashed potatoes. The texture is not that different, except now that they’re fried. Depending on how long you fry them, they’ll be crisp on the outside and soft inside. Of course, you can also use this for any other time of year that you have leftover mashed potatoes. (Canadians celebrated Thanksgiving last month. Technically I didn’t, as I was away in Fiji then and Thanksgiving isn’t celebrated there; instead it was Fiji’s Independence Day.)