Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Day 2: The Quinoa Jackpot

Okay guys, so normally, I pick a recipe, write my pre-review (like everything I have to get ready and how I'm planning on getting it done) then I'll make it and write my review after, but today, this recipe was just to tasty to waste a single second before making it. I call it the Quinoa Jackpot because it is absolutely AMAZING and stuffed full of the yummy super-grain quinoa!

The recipe I'm reviewing today is Lemon Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes from Ambitious Kitchen blog. I stumbled upon it on Monday, and have been anxious to make it ever since! Goodness it was a great pick! Perfect for a nice, warm, early morning breakfast, or even an afternoon snack (like I did today!) It is an instant favourite of mine, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who's hesitant to try Quinoa, or who doesn't like the taste of it when it's all alone, or as a main component such as a replacement for rice. It won my family over, and lets just say they aren't as open to the whole quinoa thing as I am, but I think this is going to be a new morning staple around here :) 

Anyways, enough about me blabbing on how much I LOVE this! Let's get to the review;
Fluffy Quinoa!

Here's the recipe

1 cup cooked quinoa
3/4 cup all purpose flour (I prefer whole wheat, but white flour is still good too)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
3 large egg whites
1/3 cup plain greek yogurt (I used organic vanilla yogurt, rather than greek because it was not available to me at the time, but that tasted great as well!)
2 tablespoon of milk of your choice (I chose Vanilla coconut milk, you can tell I like vanilla, eh?)
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice (or the lemon juice that comes in that plastic lemon, for easy use, just try your best to organic!)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (yum!)
2/3 cups organic, fresh blueberries

The instructions on how to make it can be found on the A.K. website by clicking on the links above, or by clicking here, if you have any trouble loading it, let me know in the comments and I'll work to fix those problems, I just want to give all credit to her for the PHENOMENAL recipe.

Now, for my review on it! As you can tell in the intro, I am a HUGE fan of this recipe. It'll make a quinoa-lover out of anyone. It is so easy to make too! I'm really really bad for screwing up everything possible while I'm cooking (who knows why I am trying a food blog!) and I was able to complete this recipe flawlessly! Quick, easy, simple steps are things I like to see! Now some troubles I ran into for this recipe were only personal preferences as to what I like to eat. The ingredients I had available to me tonight that I would change for next time would be a plain or vanilla organic greek rather than just regular organic yogurt, because greek has more protein, is thicker in texture and I think it would complement the taste of the cakes better than just the plain yogurt. As well, I would have liked to use whole wheat or gluten-free flour rather than the white all-purpose flour because I always want to pick the healthiest choices while I'm baking, because why not? If I can make something as healthy as I possibly can, I might as well, it's only going to do me good :) 

On a side note! I only recently (*cough cough* TODAY!) learned how to make proper, fluffy quinoa today, rather than the little jawbreakers I was used to, and I'm going to have to say thank you again to the Ambitious Kitchen for teaching me, finally, to make the perfect quinoa. So for all those who want to try this recipe, but have never made quinoa before (or who could never get it quite right) check it out, it's the one thing that'll make or break this recipe.

I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did! Leave e a comment if you tried this and let me know how it went! I'll be back tomorrow reviewing another yummy recipe to keep you living happy and healthy with me!

- Amanda
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