Sweet and Spicy Quinoa

Today I bring by a really delicious and healthy recipe which has lots of different flavors combined together to create a sweet and spicy main dish or side dish.

The sweetness comes from raisins and Honey, while the spiciness is achieved with cayenne pepper and ground ginger.

Lets focus more on the specific benefits of some ingredients:

Honey:

  • Boosts your immune system
  • works as a natural antiseptic
  • Alleviates digestion
  • Fights fatigue by boosting your energy levels
  • It helps clear out your skin thanks to it anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties

Cayenne pepper:

  • Contains capsaicin which is linked to pain-reducing effects, cardiovascular benefits, and an ability to help prevent ulcers. Capsaicin also effectively opens and drains congested nasal passages.
  • Great source of vitamin A, which is linked to a better immune system
  • Reduces inflammation in the body
  • It may speed up you metabolism

Ginger:

  • May prevent and treat certain cancers
  • Treats morning sickness
  • May provide migraine relief
  • It prevents and treats colds and the flu
  • May reduce kidney damage

Quinoa:

  • It contains all nine essential amino acids your body needs
  • It promotes healthy digestion
  • It’s an amazing source of iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, folate (a B vitamin), and more!
  • It’s a great source of carbohydrate due to the high protein and fiber content
  • it’s a great source of protein for vegetarians and vegans

Raisins:

  • Aid digestion
  • Enhances mouth health
  • Enhances bone health because they are rich in calcium
  • The potassium and magnesium contents of raisins help reduce acidity
  • Treats infections: polyphenolic phytonutrients in raisins have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties
  • Protects eyes
  • Treats anemia
  • May prevent cancer

Unfiltered apple cider vinegar:

  • Aids digestion
  • May promote a better night sleep
  • May lower glucose levels
  • Its high levels of pectin can help regulate blood pressure and lower cholesterol
  • It strengthens your bones and teeth
  •  Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties may help provide pain-relief to neck, back, and shoulder joint pain (including arthritis)
  • It detoxifies the body due to its high contents of potassium
  • It may help you feel full longer, and its enzymes and soluble fiber can aid in fat metabolism

Extra virgin olive oil:

  • Monounsaturated fatty acids in olive oil may lower your total cholesterol
  • This fatty acids may also benefit insulin levels and blood sugar control, which can be especially helpful if you have type 2 diabetes

Walnuts:

  • Contain more anti-oxidants than any other nut
  • With it’s high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, walnuts provide benefits similar to salmon and other cold-water fish
  • These fatty acids are great for heart health, lower cholesterol, support brain health and mood, and increase circulation to the skin
  • Rich in vitamin E, zinc, and folic acid

OK, now lets get down to business…

Sweet and Spicy Quinoa

(1 serving as main dish, 2 servings as side dish)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa (to cook, rinse uncooked quinoa and cook for 15 minutes in low, semi-covered)
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • 1 tbsp walnuts
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 cup raw zucchini (chopped)
  • 25 grams reduced-fat feta cheese
  • 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (please try to use unfiltered to benefit from its properties)
  • dash cayenne pepper (ground)
  • dash ginger (ground)
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 raw cherry tomatoes (thinly sliced)

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Method:

  1. Heat up the olive oil and add zucchini and cherry tomatoes. Stir for about half a minute.
  2. Add the quinoa and raisins and stir again for about a minute.
  3. Add cayenne pepper and ginger and remove from fire. Stir again.
  4. Add honey, apple cider vinegar, walnuts and feta cheese and mix the ingredients well.
  5. Pour into a dessert bowl and enjoy warm or cold :).

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