Quinoa, the Ancient Grain….

15 06 2010

.. that always tastes like butt to me ! I think I MAY have come up with a recipe that is going to change my mind about Quinoa. My friend Cat finds Quinoa to be her saviour… she grew up eating her mom’s risotto, so this grain is a healthy and WLS approved substitute. It is because of her that I have tried yet again to embrace the ancient grain. It is the highest protein grain going, which means that the net carbs are low… but it has a nutty kick… something that I have tried to tone down with this recipe. One of my favourite comfort foods is rice pudding.. rice expands in our new stomach, which is a bad thing, so here goes Quinoa again!

Chocolate Quinoa Pudding

1.5 cups of cooked Quinoa
1.5 cups of milk (I would use 1/2 cup less next time)
1/2 cups of fat free half & half cream (crema, i get it at Walmart)
1/4 cup of Splenda
1 tbsp cocoa

2 eggs
1/8th cup of water
1 tbsp corn starch (i would up this to 2 tbsp next time)

2 scoops of whey protein (chocolate)
water (enough to make a thin paste with the whey)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Combine cooked quinoa and milk and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Stir until milk starts to thicken up, which is a good 10 minutes (think happy thoughts and make the best of it).

In a pre-prepared bowl, you have beat both the eggs, with a bit of water, and added the corn starch. Have your Splenda measured out and ready to go, your egg mixture, and cocoa. As the milk thickens, add the egg mixture and continue to stir for a couple of minutes and thickens more. Add splenda and chocolate, and mix until combined (this will take a bit of wrist work to get it all in)

Take off heat and let it sit as you take a large mixing bowl and add two scoops of chocolate whey and some water to make a paste. NEVER NEVER add whey to a hot liquid, as it will instantly clump and be gross. With a whisk, pour in hot liquid and whisk to incorporate whey mixture. Add vanilla and pour into 1/2 cup serving dishes, top with some cinnamon and put in the fridge to set.

The nutritional breakdown is as follows:
127 calories, 3 grams of fat, 14 grams of carbs, and 11 grams of protein… so all in all, not a bad breakdown.

I have to say I wish it set firmer, so I noted in the recipe what i would do next time (more corn starch, less milk) ..

I served a cup to Ken with some canned whipped cream on top and a squirt of sf caramel for his snack.. he took a bite and asked:
“is this the stuff that makes me poop?”
Me: “ahh, nope that is the ancient grains, this is a rice substitute”
Ken:”mmmm it tastes sort of nutty”.. slurp, chocolate quinoa pudding devoured… i guess we finally have a winner !

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