Quinoa recipes

Quinoa seed crackers

3 tablespoons flaxseeds,
3 tablespoons sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
3 ounces (1/2 cup packed) cooked quinoa
2 ounces (1/2 cup, minus 1 tablespoons) quinoa flour (or, substitute 2 ounces superfine brown rice flour)
2 ounces (1/2 cup, plus 1 tablespoon) quinoa flakes
3 ounces (1/2 cup) potato starch
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon guar gum
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 ounces butter, softened
2 ounces olive oil
2 to 5 tablespoons ice-cold water

Method
Preparing to make the crackers Preheat the oven to 400°. Pull out a sheet tray and line it with a sheet of parchment paper.
Preparing the seeds. Put the flaxseed, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds, into the food processor. Pulse it until they have broken down but not butter.
Mixing in the dry ingredients. Add the cooked quinoa, quinoa flour, quinoa flakes, potato starch, baking powder, xanthan gum, guar gum, and salt to the food processor. Let it run for a couple of minutes, so everything has a chance to mix and dance, and the flours to become blended well.
Finishing the dough. Add the softened butter to the mix. Spin the food processor around. Slowly, drizzle in the oil, with the food processor running. At this point, the dough should be clumping together quite well, but not yet one big ball. If the dough feels at all too dry, add the water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Turn off the food processor.
Rolling out the dough. Put the clumps of dough onto the baking sheet. Squidge the dough together into a vague lump and carefully, gently, roll it out the approximate length and width of the baking sheet. If you desire, top the crackers with additional sesame seeds.
Baking the crackers. Bake the crackers until they are browned and firm to the touch, but not too brown or firm to the touch, about 20 minutes in our oven. Take them out of the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet.
Transfer the cracker (which should be one big sheet, or at least several) to a cutting board. When the cracker has completely cooled, cut it into the size of cracker you want. And so the cracker becomes crackers.

Makes about 20 crackers
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Quinoa recipes

Quinoa salad

200g/7oz quinoa, cooked according to the packet instructions
handful fresh parsley, chopped
1 tbsp chopped fresh mint
1 red pepper, finely diced
1 cucumber, finely diced
1 red onion, finely diced
100ml/3½fl oz extra virgin olive oil
1 lemon, juice only
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method
Mix together the quinoa, herbs, vegetables in a bowl; dress with olive oil and lemon juice, season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Vegetarian Spicy Quinoa pepper and bean stew

Prep Time: 10 min
Cooking Time: 20 min
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:
2 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
Pinch salt to taste
Freshly ground peppercorns
2 clove(s) garlic, chopped
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 tsp chilli flakes, or to taste
10 fresh diced tomatoes, without skin or a 450g tinned tomatoes
450g tin black beans
1 red pepper, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
1 orange or green pepper, chopped
Sprigs of fresh herbs chopped marjoram, oregano and tthyme or 1/2 tsp of dried herbs
1 Litre of vegetable stock
1 cup of cooked quinoa
Optional extra’s:
1 small tin of sweet corn
6 mushrooms sliced
1 small courgette chopped

Method
In a large deep flat pan heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, stir until soft. Add, red bell pepper, cook until tender. Add the chili flakes tomatoes, herbs, black beans, and vegetable stock. Simmer, partially covered and stirring, 15 minutes. Add garlic, sweet corn, courgette, mushroom, peppers, or any other ingredients you choose, cook and cover for 3 minutes. Stir in quinoa and season with salt and fresh pepper to taste.

Serve, top with:
• fresh herbs to taste
• fresh grated Cheddar or cheese of choice

Tru3 J0y
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What causes bloatedness?

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I am writing about this as

I have researched and read much into these conditions

being unsure exactly what is wrong with me

and not getting further support from the doctors and consultants

as well as having friends in a similar situation

which is equally dis-heartening.

Bloatedness can be due to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), which includes Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis (UC) as well as a separate condition which some sufferers unfortunately also suffer from of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). As with all of these conditions sufferers feel bloated as well as more embarrassing concerns over excess wind (although we each produce up to 5 Litres a day) as well as its effects of noisy tummy gurgles and embarrassing flatulence (breaking wind.) However there can be other causes which doctors are unwilling to assist and support such as hormone imbalance and water retention (both common in woman) which I believe is far more common and if attended to may save a lot of needless drugs and prescription! 

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a different condition to IBD although both UC and Crohn’s often have a greater risk of IBS as sufferers of IBD sometimes have IBS. Sadly, short-term damage (which takes about four weeks to renew) to nerve endings in the intestine, caused by inflammations; an attack of UC is normally followed on by irritable bowel symptoms, including bloating which sadly may last for several weeks or even months.
There has been an increased amount of research on bloating which indicates and confirms:

  • That people with IBS often have increased gut sensitivity, (of which I personally know how irritating this can be) causing feelings of bloatedness even without excess of wind.
  • IBS attacks may be triggered by stress, (many of us as sufferers know stress, diet, lack of sleep, work cause IBS) this increased sensitivity is thought it could be the result of the stress affecting the normal communications between the brain and the gut. My personal experiences was that a result doctors wanted to prescribe anti-depressants which caused further side effects which prevented me from continuing one was that I could not sleep; felt dizzy; disengaged like I was high on drugs; another hiccups and another yawning – as a result I refused to take them and there was nothing else they could do for me.
  •  Sluggish bowel; therefore more likely if or when you have constipation, also a feature of Crohn’s or UC or IBS. Excess amounts of fatty food often delays intestines and stomach emptying again causing bloating as well as enormous discomfort due to the slow transit of waste materials.
  • Adhesions (scar tissue) as a result of many operations – however the consultants and doctors I have seen who have researched into these conditions dismiss scar tissue of which I have had two Caesarian sections; yet friends and sufferers considers it a possibility.

Although we may be unaware apparently we produce up to 5 litres of gas a day and expel some 20 plus times! However excess wind is generally thought to be caused by the following reasons:

  • Swallowing too much air while eating or whilst talking.
  • Nervous reaction
  • Specific foods
  • Fizzy or carbonated drinks
  • Increased or over-production of gas by the bacteria in the large intestine -colon; gas produced is used by other bacteria, in beneficial ways, but the system can get out of balance.
  • Poor digestion as well as a subsequent absorption of foods in the small intestine; common in Crohn’s disease as more undigested food reaches the large intestine leading to increased gas production with foods high in carbohydrates, especially sugars and starches, such as vegetables, beans, pulses, fruit, and whole grains.
  • Foods with Sorbitol an artificial sweetener which can also be poorly digested.
  • Lactose intolerance, difficulties digesting the sugar in cows milk due to the absence of the enzyme lactase – which as we age we require less of.

Whilst I know that I hate to speak or drink fizzy drinks when eating  and cannot tolerate dairy, wheat many fruit or vegetables. I know that if my system is out of balance then I suffer painful cramps in my stomach – I have found eating Dairy free Bio yogurt; Alpro, assists me to feel more comfortable.

Easing symptoms:

  • Aloe Vera capsules or gels
  • Charcoal tablets
  • Cranberry juice
  • Fresh parsley
  • Herbal infusions, such as camomile,
    fennel or peppermint
  • Peppermint oil
  • Healthy diet low fat and sugar
  • Elimination of foods which cause problems