This week we tried a new type of pasta made from Quinoa and Rice. We have been converted to say the least!
It has been one of the best finds of all time because it was easy to digest, tasty and it has a much higher nutritional content than most other staple grains.
Quinoa has been all the rage these past few years and is now a readily available in most fine dining restaurants and cafes around Sydney due to its amazing taste, health benefits and versatility. This South American grain is extremely high in protein and iron and boasts a low glycemic index, resulting in slower rates of digestion, keeping you feeling fuller for longer without feeling bloated. This quinoa and rice pasta is gluten free, wheat free, yeast free, dairy free, sugar free, egg free, nut free and cholesterol free. It is rich in essential amino acids, vitamin B2, E and A.
The quinoa grain itself is super easy to cook and it has a delicious nutty taste which makes any meal come alive! I will be posting some great recipes soon, including a delectable quinoa risotto! YuM!
In the mean time, we are hooked on this new healthy pasta and with our new vegetable patch growing ever so quickly at the moment; our basil plants are exploding with fresh leaves perfect to make homemade pesto. I will be posting my recipe for that in the near future as I prefer making things fresh when possible as the taste surpasses any store bought product. Though I have store bought pesto before, it is now a thing of the past because I have been enlightened to the enhanced flavour of fresh pesto thanks to my aunty and uncle in Bergamo, Italy; who have a contagious love and passion for fresh food. Also because basil is a breeze to grow and amplifies flavours of many dishes, pizzas and salads too!
This type of pasta salad recipe traditionally has cream included but I find that the pesto is sufficiently creamy and doesn’t need additional cream added, making it an even healthier dish to enjoy.
If you haven’t tried quinoa and rice pasta yet I encourage you to, you will never look back! Where do I get this quinoa and rice pasta you ask? It is available at selected health food stores and I will place some links at the bottom of the page for those of you who are keen to try this brilliant food!
Stay tuned because I will post some great quinoa recipes and take you through the steps so you can enjoy this fantastic superfood too!
Exquisite Quinoa Penne Pesto with Chicken
- 1 cup of dry Quinoa and Rice Pasta
- 250g chicken breast fillets, trimmed
- 1/2 cup of basil pesto
- 1/2 cup drained sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced
- Coconut oil (or similar) for cooking
- Cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water, following packet directions, until tender. Then Drain
- Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add chicken. Cook for 5 minutes each side, until cooked through
- Return the pasta pan over medium-low heat. Add the pesto, chicken and sun-dried tomato. Stir to combine. Cook stirring for 2 minutes or until heated through
- Ready to serve and enjoy 🙂
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