Six meals… 2 grains… one day of prepping! Sounds easy, right? The Girlie Gourmet’s Valerie Vanderpool shows us just how easy it can really be!
The Benefits of Eating Quinoa and Coconut-Matcha Brown Rice
Quinoa isn’t considered a true grain, it’s basically a seed that is prepared and eaten in similar manner to a grain. It contains large amounts of plant antioxidants, or flavonoids, that are very beneficial to our health, as antioxidants help reduce free radicals and fight many diseases and aging. It’s also high in fiber, which helps us feel full longer, decreasing hunger, and protein, which helps increase our metabolism. And it is low on the glycemic index, and high in magnesium, potassium, zinc and iron. Quinoa is considered a complete protein, meaning it contains all of the essential amino acids that our bodies can’t make on their own.
Red or Black Quinoa vs. White?
- Prettier color for plate presentation
- White quinoa has less texture
- White cooks a little faster
- Red and Black have a little more texture
- Red and Black take 3-5 minutes longer to finish cooking
- Red and Black have a slightly earthier flavor
- All have the same nutritional values
IMPORTANT FITNESS NOTE:
**ALWAYS CHOOSE ORGANIC INGREDIENTS!!**
Coconut-Matcha Brown Rice
Brown rice is loaded with powerful antioxidants, has a high nutritional content from retaining it’s
nutrient-dense bran (the outside layer) and is one of the most easily-digested grains.
Its nutrient content includes the essential minerals manganese, iron, zinc, phosphorus, calcium,
magnesium and potassium.
Vitamins include B1, B2, B3, B6, E and and K, as well as folate and a
good amount of fiber. It also provides supportive fatty acids and has a low glycemic index.
Coconut milk has vitamins C, E and many B vitamins. It’s rich in magnesium, potassium, phosphorus
and iron. It also contains lauric acid, antimicrobial lipids (fats) and capric acid, all of which have
antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. These can help fight off the viruses and bacteria that
can cause influenza (the flu). It also has fatty acids that can help to repair wrinkles and
sagging in aging skin!
Matcha is the highest quality powdered green tea available. It’s made from the nutrient-rich young
leaves of the plant and contains the most potent and beneficial antioxidants than any other form of
green tea. Matcha is considered to be one of the most powerful super foods on the market today.
Besides the antioxidants, Matcha’s benefits include:
- Cancer fighting properties
- It enhances calm
- Boosts memory and concentration
- Increases energy levels and endurance
- Burns calories
- Detoxifies the body
- Fortifies the immune system
- Improves cholesterol
Indy Style Coconut-Matcha Brown Rice
1 cup brown rice
1 – 14-oz. can coconut milk
1½ cups cool water
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon Matcha green tea
Place all ingredients, except Matcha, in a rice cooker and cook according to the
Once cooker is finished, gently stir in Matcha.
Chef’s Note: 1 cup dry brown rice = 4 cups cooked
Generally, 1 part brown rice + 2 parts liquid.
The coconut milk is so thick that more liquid is needed.
Indy Style Shrimp + Cauliflower Sheet Dinner
Juice and Zest from ½ an orange
1 Tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves
2 teaspoons orange marmalade
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons minced shallot
1 small clove fresh garlic, chopped
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ cup fruity olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon fresh black pepper
In a food processor or blender, blend all ingredients until well-incorporated.
Place ½ pound large peeled + deveined shrimp in a bowl and pour the marinade over;
stir to incorporate.
Let sit for 15-30 minutes.
Cut into ½ head into florets and put in a bowl.
Toss in 1 Tablespoon olive oil, and salt, and pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place a sheet of parchment paper on a sheet pan.
Place cauliflower on one half of sheet pan.
Roast cauliflower for 8 minutes.
Remove pan from oven and turn heat up to 400 degrees.
Add marinated shrimp to other half of the sheet pan.
Continue roasting shrimp and cauliflower together for 6 minutes.
Indy Style Quinoa
1 cup organic quinoa (you can use white, red, black or a combination)
2 cups water
½ bay leaf
1 Tablespoon olive oil
pinch sea salt
Put quinoa, water, bay leaf, and olive oil in a heavy-bottomed sauce pan that has a tightfitting
Bring water to a rolling boil. Put lid on pan and immediately turn off heat (leave on the
Let sit for 20 minutes.
Remove lid and fluff with a fork to distribute oil.
Spread evenly on a sheet tray and sprinkle with salt. Stir to incorporate salt, and let
Place into an airtight container for storage.
Chef’s Note: 1 cup dry quinoa = 3 cups cooked
1 part quinoa + 2 parts liquid
Indy Style Quinoa Breakfast Bites
1 cup cooked quinoa
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup cannellini beans, rinsed & well drained
1 cup fresh broccoli, finely chopped
1 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
½ cup shredded zucchini
½ teaspoon granulated garlic
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground mustard
¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray mini muffin tin with cooking spray (I use a non-stick pan + cooking spray).
Put ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.
Scoop 1 heaping tablespoon of mixture into each cup of muffin tin, evenly distributing
all of the mixture between the cups.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
Indy Style Jeweled Quinoa
1 small shallot, minced
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1½ cup cooked quinoa (according to previous recipe)
2 Tablespoons dried apricots, small chop
2 Tablespoons dried cranberries, small chop
2 Tablespoons chopped roasted + salted pistachios
Fresh black pepper
Preheat a small sauté pan over medium-high heat.
Add the olive oil, wait until it’s shimmering, then add the minced shallots and a pinch of
salt and fresh black pepper.
Reduce heat to medium and cook until the shallots are very soft and translucent.
Stir shallots, including all of the oil they were cooked in, dried apricots, dried
cranberries, and pistachios into the cooked quinoa.
Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
Indy Style Honey Glazed Salmon
2-4 oz. salmon filet
sea salt & fresh black pepper, to taste
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon honey
1½ teaspoons fresh lime juice
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Season salmon with salt & pepper.
Heat olive oil in an oven-proof skillet until shimmering.
Add salmon, presentation side down.
Let cook until golden, about 4 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir honey and lime juice together.
Gently flip the salmon over and drizzle with the honey mixture.
Place in oven and cook for about 6 minutes, until desired doneness.
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