Tasty Roast Vegetable and Quinoa Salad Recipe with Orange Balsamic Dressing

What is Quinoa? It has been touted as a superfood, so what exactly makes it so super?

Quinoa looks like a grain, but it is actually a seed. It is often called a grain because it is used and cooked like one. Originally grown in the Andes, it has the positive points of being high in protein, iron and fibre. Quinoa is a great low GI seed, which makes it perfect for diabetics. The United Nations have even named 2013 the International Year of Quinoa because they see the exceptional nutritional value of the seed, and its potential to contribute in the fight against malnutrition and hunger around the world.

Quinoa has a mild, slightly nutty texture which is a little like couscous. It can be used in salads, cooked and shaped into patties, used as a substitute for pasta or rice, and even used for thickening up soups. Try Quinoa yourself with this tasty recipe 🙂

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Incredible Gluten-Free Rosemary Sea Salt Polenta Chips

Polenta is another name for cornmeal. It is a grain and can be cooked in water, stock or milk to make a thick paste (I know this isn’t the best word to describe it, but it really is lovely, trust me!).

It can be flavoured with herbs and cheese, and can be served as soft polenta (straight from the saucepan), or cooled then grilled, baked or fried. And it can be used in cakes – a lemon polenta cake with sweet syrup is just heavenly. It also has the added benefit of being gluten free – so it is perfect for coeliacs.

Soft Polenta is a great accompaniment to a rich beef casserole on a winter’s night, while baked polenta chips are lovely as an alternative to fried potato chips, or even baked potato.

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Super-Tasty Spinach and Feta Triangles in 5 Easy Steps

The silverbeet in our vegetable garden is out of control. We’re about to turn into mini Popeyes with the amount of spinach we have!

So, I decided to use some up in some easy Spinach and Feta Cheese Triangles. They are tasty, easy and a great way to get some veges into your diet. And if you make a big batch like this, you can freeze some for later, or for when friends or family drop in for a visit.

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Finger-lickin’ Sticky BBQ Pork Ribs

This recipe is hot off the barbeque tonight. It’s a reflection of what’s in my whole family’s belly!

Pork ribs are one of my husband’s favourite meals. He has a mega marinade that he was given by a former colleague, but unfortunately I couldn’t use it because it contains a whole jar of peanut butter (yes, an entire jar). Our youngest son is still only 14 months old, so I haven’t tried him with peanuts yet ( not that I expect any allergies – I’m just being cautious 🙂 ).  So we turned to a sticky BBQ marinade instead – and what a treat it was. We definitely needed lots of serviette after this tasty meal!

The weather is heating up, so why not heat up your BBQ too?

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Perfect Thai Chicken Meatballs The Kids Will Love

Show me a kid who doesn’t like meatballs, and I’ll give up chocolate or pineapple juice, or even both! Well, maybe I won’t go that far, but I’ll definitely be surprised.

Meatballs are perfect for kids – small, bite-sized and tasty. They are also perfect for entertaining. These are full of flavour, but still ok for kids. If you prefer a little more heat, feel free to add a finely chopped chilli to the mixture. They also have the added bonus of being baked rather than fried.

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