After T-Ball tonight I needed to pull together dinner quickly. I tossed 1 cup of quinoa into a pan with 2 cups of water and some broth powder. Set that guy, covered, over a medium flame and let it boil for 10 minutes, then shut the heat off and let the steam finish it off to fluffy perfection. While the quinoa was working I smashed 4 cloves of garlic, cut up about a pound of broccoli florets, trimmed up a pound of snap peas and thinly slice 2 carrots.
The veg hit a hot saute pan with 1/2 cup of veg broth. Covered that guy too and let them steam. In the downtime I mixed 1/4 cup of Bragg’s aminos, 1 tsp sesame oil, 1/3 cup mirin, 1 Tbsp maple syrup, 1 tsp chili paste and 2 Tbsp tapioca flour. After the veggies steamed for 10 minutes I threw in the sauce mixture and stirred until things thickened up.
Within 15 minutes of starting I had fluffy quinoa topped with saucy steamed veg on plates and on the table. Quick, easy and nutritious.
Desserts in our home are often fruit based, as I’m sure you’ve caught on by now. I do enjoy baking, but dessert creations are usually made up on the spot if the kids are still craving somthing for their bellies or their sweet tooth! Whole fruits are so easy to freeze in sliced portions that there is really no reason why I can’t whip up a refreshing, whole food dessert in about 3 minutes flat.
Tonight I made a quick sorbet using some of our favorite flavors.
(Serves 4-6 )
1 lb frozen sliced peaches
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 banana, fresh
1/2 cup soaked goji
berries + their liquid (about 1/4 cup berries, 1/4 cup liquid)* – optional
2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
*We need to start by soaking the goji berries if we’re going to use them. I usually have a batch of goji berries soaking in the fridge. Goji’s come dried like raisins. I buy raw, sun dried gojis and rehydrate them in double the amount of water to the amount of berries. I just throw them into a container and cover them with water and set them in the fridge overnight. They plump up beautifully and can be eaten alone, with your favorite yogurt, tossed into your smoothies or my favorite… in a cup of green tea. Goji berries are sweet, red gems that have a unique flavor. They remind me of cranberry and raisins at the same time. Interesting and unusual, but intensely good for you because of their high levels of antioxidants.
Once we’ve got nice plump goji’s we can proceed. If your goji’s aren’t ready or you don’t have any, you’re still good to go without them. No worries!
Put everything in the Vitamix or food processor. Process on medium speed while using the tamper to continually push down the bits of fruit into the blade. Keep going until everything is blended. If you’re not using the goji berries and their liquid, you will need to add 1/4 – 1/2 cup of another liquid. Good choices are water, orange juice or pear nectar. You may have to stop and stir the mix because we’re working with a good amount of fruit here and very little liquid. When everything is blended and smooth serve it up quickly or spoon it into a freezer safe container and store it for an hour or so before serving. If you are going to freeze this longer than and hour you will need to let it soften on the counter for 20 minutes before you try to scoop it and serve it.