Soak and rinse the Quinoa with cold water through a strainer. Depending on how much you want or how many mouths your feeding, ingredients and other instructions may vary for you. But this is what I did for this tutorial. I soaked and rinsed 12oz of organic white Quinoa.
Put washed Quinoa in a rice cooker of your choice. I chose a Black & Decker: Rice Cooker Plus (See Below). It was $21.00 at my local super market. I choose too cook my grains, rice and beans in a rice cooker because of how well and thorough it absorbs the water and turns out. Makes all the difference.
I don't like to use sink/tap water, because it would defeat the purpose of a healthy meal. Tap water contains VERY high levels of metal, Fluoride, and Chloride (amongst other things) and would completely taint the nutrients of any healthy meal. So I'm using the closest thing thats easy to obtain and everyone can do it. Natural Spring Water! Alkaline Water would be ideal though, but not everyone has access to that. Fill it up to where the water sits approximately a 1/4 inch above the quinoa. Eye ball it, because your going to add more later. You don't want to add too much in the beginning. Theres a possibility the Quinoa would come out too mushy if you did. Don't want that! :)
I put a 1/4 of a table spoon of Organic Ginger powder.
2 Tablespoons of Organic Dried Basil
And organic Pink Himalayan Salt. This I would tell you to go based upon your likings. I like my foods to have a bit of flavor so I added about half a teaspoon and then added after I served myself a plate.
After you've added everything from above, go ahead and stir in the seasonings well and let sit covered while you prep veggies! Now lets get to cuttin'.
What you will need: Cherry or plum tomatoes, a medium sized onion, a cutting board, and a very sharp knife.
Wash the tomatoes thoroughly and drop em in! The tomatoes are going to be steaming and breaking apart in with the Quinoa, so if you don't like that kind of texture, I suggest you add them the last 5-10 min. I let mine steep in the pot for about 15-20. When they are completely done, they will add a sweet and tangy, Italian-esque flavor to your dish. So delish!
I like to cut my onions quickly so I dont start crying. So the easiest way i'v found it to cut it fully in half, take on half, face it down on its flat side, and cut vertically then horizontally and boom. Done. The pieces will separate easily when dumped into the pot ad start cooking. But you have 2 options here. Either you can sauté the onions for a more smokey flavor, or you can brew them for a hint of onion aroma. I chose to saute them in coconut oil and then add them to the pot for about 10 minutes.
Once your creation is ALMOST completely done, grab yourself a yellow and ripe Plantain. Cut both end off, slice a line down the middle and peel off skin. Cut it in small sections and mix it in with the rest!
Last but not least, go ahead and serve yourself a plate of health, protein, omegas, amino acids, energy carbs, and love and garnish it with cucumbers and spinach, with a little Thyme. As an option, I also added a little organic Agave Nectar to this dish for extra flavor. SO YUMMY! Enjoy and tell me what you think everyone! Thanks for your interest :) Happy eating xo