beetroot fennel & black currant quinoa pilaf with a leafy lemon garden herb salad

8th May 2014

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Create an INTENTION to practise conscious eating, connecting to your food with all of your senses and with a grateful attitude.  Here are a few mindful intentions that help to guide me.

Invite a feeling of gratitude and thanks by blessing your food before and after eating.

Nourish yourself by practising silence when eating your food.

Take the intention to always sit down to eat.

Eat only when hungry and drink only when thirsty.

Nutrients are better absorbed when meals are kept simple, not mixing too many different foods together.

Thoroughly chew your food and eat slowly.

Increase awareness and avoid drinking large quantities of liquid, especially cold when eating.

Open your heart by using candles, special dishes, flowers to create beauty around meal-time.

Never eat in an agitated or angry state and always eat in a calm, relaxed, settled and quiet atmosphere.

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beetroot fennel & black currant quinoa pilaf

A favourite way of serving this is with a freshly made still warm hummus and a leafy, lemon, garden herb salad. When I am short of time, I put everything into the pot to cook with the quinoa – not as aesthetically looking, but still deliciously tasty. This could be made with rice, barley, millet or any grain of choice.

ingredients :

1 cup quinoa

1½ cups water

1 small fennel bulb

1 medium beetroot

1 medium carrot

½ tsp coriander seeds

½ tsp pink peppercorns

2 Tbsp small black currants

salt to taste

preparation :

Wash the quinoa in water three times and allow to sit in the water for 10 minutes.  Rinse. Place in a saucepan with the water, bring to boil, turn down the heat and allow to simmer covered until the water has absorbed (Try to just under-cook the quinoa slightly – it gives a nice texture and nutty bite).  Allow to sit for 15 minutes.

Finely slice the fennel.  Peel the beetroot and carrot and cut into very small cubes. (Cutting them small allows them to become tender quicker without overcooking the fennel.)

In a mortar and pestle, roughly grind the coriander seeds and peppercorns.

Heat a little ghee or oil and add the coriander and peppercorns.  Saute for a minute, then add the fennel, carrot and beetroot.  Cover and saute on a low heat until just tender, 12 -15 minutes, stirring occasionally.   Add the small currants and the cooked quinoa.  With a fork, fluff up the quinoa as you stir to combine.  Season with salt.  Garnish with finely chopped fennel leaves.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

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lemon leafy garden herb salad with a pine nut lemon dressing

for the salad :

a mixture of small garden leaves of parsley, fennel, mustard, spinach, lettuce and coriander

edible garden flowers

1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and sliced

1 avocado, cut into small cubes

for the dressing :

¼ cup pine nuts

1 Tblsp sesame seeds

½ juice of a lemon

pinch of salt

freshly ground pepper

¼ cup cold press olive/flax oil

In a skillet, dry-roast the pine nuts and sesame seeds until golden.  Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl to cool.  Roughly chop 2 tablespoons and set aside.  In a blender place the remaining pine nuts with the rest of the ingredients and blend on high for 1 minute.  While blender is running add the oil, blend until thick and creamy.  Transfer to a jar and set aside.

Gently wash the garden flowers separately, and place on a cloth to dry. Wash and spin the salad leaves and place in a bowl with the cucumber and avocado.  Shake the dressing and drizzle over the salad and lightly toss.  Sprinkle over the lemon rind, pine nuts and edible garden flowers.

Find a quiet place, bless, and enjoy with gratitude.

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Goodness shared from Stacey

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