Quinoa falafels (oven baked) – Falafels au quinoa (cuits au four)

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En français, c’est plus bas!

What is the most common excuse for not eating more whole grains?
Long cooking time? or no idea on how to prepare them in an appetizing, exciting way?
Does this sound familiar to you?
If yes, I have some good news:

First good tip is that you could cook a big batch that will last you several days.

Boring?

No, if you give it a try with quinoa, for example, it will never be boring.

Ok, technically quinoa is not a cereal but seeds… but who cares?  It cooks fast, is really versatile and is packed with amazing nutriments.

Quinoa is not only gluten-free, it is very rich in protein (15% of its weight) and iron (1.85 mg for 20g of quinoa). There are many other minerals (manganese, magnesium, lysine, vitamine B2 among others) and amino acids (source: here and: here).

The organic quinoa I buy needs only 15 minutes of cooking, that is just a little longer than most kind of white refined rice, but so much better, nutritionally speaking.

For example on day one you could have it plain, with a drizzle of oil, some herbs and a chopped fried onion; then you could bake these yummy falafels and on the third day try one of my quinoa salads (here, here and here) along with some quinoa crackers? biscuits? or maybe you have a sweet tooth and would prefer these quinoa brownies as baked by my friend Hiba (the recipe can be found on her blog: Healthwise: http://www.healthwise.ch/brownies-reinvented/)? One of Baby Artichoke’s favourite quinoa recipe is a steamed quinoa bread that will be an upcoming post.

Only make sure you rinse it thoroughly before cooking, because it can be dusty.

Below are two ways of preparing falafels with quinoa. The basic recipe – one cup of cooked quinoa, one cup of cooked pulse, 1 chopped onion, some herbs and spices – can be re-invented in many ways. I sometimes add one grated carrot, parsley and  sesame seeds, or keep it simple, with only the parmeggiano cheese and some pepper.

Yellow Quinoa Falafels

ingredients for about 8 falafels (size of a big walnut)

1 cup of cooked quinoa
1 cup of cooked chickpeas
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon of finely chopped coriander leaves
1/2 teaspoon curry madras Powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
salt and pepper to taste

Red Quinoa Falafels

recipe inspired from here
ingredients for about 8 falafels (size of a big walnut)

1 cup of cooked quinoa
1 cup of cooked red kidney beans
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon Italian herbs mix or oregano
4-5 basil leaves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons of grated parmeggiano cheese
salt and pepper to taste

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Method (quick preparation time):
Preheat oven to 180°C.
Mash the chickpeas or red kidney beans with a fork until the consistency of a coarse paste.
Add the quinoa and remaining ingredients.
Mix with your hands and shape into walnut size balls.
Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Place the fallafels on the tray, leaving some space between them.
Bake in the middle of the oven for 30 minutes.
Excellent served in pita bread, with some lettuce and garlic sauce or hummus, or with the four of them!

WHBI am sending this recipe to Terry from the blog Crumpet and Co, who is hosting this week 419th Weekend Herb Blogging (WHB).

WHB is an event created in 2005 by Kalyn of Kalyn’s Kitchen.

Since November 2008  WHB has been managed by Haalo of Cook(almost)Anything At Least Once .

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Falafels au quinoa

Quelle est l’excuse la plus courante pour ne pas manger plus de céréales complètes ?

Un temps de cuisson trop long ? ou est-ce plutôt par manque d’idées sur comment les préparer de manière goûteuse et appétissante ?

Est-ce que ça vous parle ?

Si oui, j’ai de bonnes nouvelles:

D’abord, une petite suggestion: faire cuire une grande quantité qui durera plusieurs jours.

Ennuyeux?

Non, si la préparation, cuisson et forme changent, ça sera toujours un plaisir de se resservir!

Essayons avec le quinoa.

C’est vrai que techniquement,  le quinoa n’est pas une céréale, mais plutôt une graine. Cela dit, il se prête à  plein de préparations différentes, cuit très rapidement , et surtout, il contient tellement des nutriments qu’on aurait tort de ne pas l’adopter au plus vite.

Le quinoa ne contient pas de gluten, il est très riche en protéines ( 15 % de son poids ) et de fer (1,85 mg pour 20 g de quinoa ). Il contient  de nombreux autres minéraux (manganèse, magnésium, vitamine B2 et  lysine, entre autres ) et d’acides aminés (info trouvée : ici et ici).

Le quinoa biologique j’achète cuit  en 15 minutes seulement, ce qui est juste un peu plus longtemps que le riz blanc raffiné, mais tellement mieux sur le plan nutritionnel !

Par exemple, le premier jour, vous pourriez le servir en accompagnement, tout simple, avec un filet d’ huile, mélangé à quelques herbe ou (et) des raisins secs et un oignon frit haché. Ensuite, vous pourriez préparer ces délicieux falafels et le troisième jour, vous pourriez  essayer une de mes salades de quinoa (ici , ici ou ici) avec quelques crackers au quinoa ? ou peut-être que vous auriez plutôt envie de préparer quelque chose de sucré, en préparant ces brownies au quinoa comme ceux de mon amie Hiba  (recette ici) ?  La recette préférée de Bébé Artichoke est un pain au quinoa cuit à la vapeur, qui sera le sujet d’un prochain article.

Je vous conseille toutefois  de toujours bien rincer le quinoa avant la cuisson, car il y a souvent de la poussière.

Voici deux façons de préparer des falafels avec du quinoa. La recette de base – une tasse de quinoa cuit, une tasse de légumineuses cuites, 1 oignon haché, des herbes et des épices – peut être re-inventée de nombreuses façons … J’ajoute parfois une carotte râpée, du persil et des graines de sésame, ou je les prépare le simplement possible, avec seulement du parmesan et un peu de poivre.

les falafels rouges
ingrédients pour environ 8 falafels (de la taille d’une grosse noix )

1 tasse de quinoa cuit
1 tasse de haricots rouges cuits
1 gros oignon, haché finement
2 gousses d’ail, pressées
2 cuillères à soupe de sauce tomate
1/2 cuillère à café de mélange d’herbes italiennes  ou d’origan
4-5 feuilles de basilic frais,  finement ciselées
2 cuillères à soupe de parmesan râpé
sel et poivre

les falafels jaunes
ingrédients pour environ 8 falafels (de la taille d’une grosse noix )

1 tasse de quinoa cuit
1 tasse de pois chiches cuits
1 gros oignon, haché finement
2 gousses d’ail pressées
1 cuillère à soupe de feuilles de coriandre finement ciselées
1/2 cuillère à café de curry Madras en poudre
1/4 cuillère à café de curcuma en poudre
sel et poivre

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Préparation (super rapide!):
Préchauffer le four à 180 ° C.
Écraser les pois chiches ou les haricots rouges avec une fourchette jusqu’à obtenir la consistance d’une purée épaisse .
Ajouter le quinoa et le reste des ingrédients.
Mélanger avec les mains et façonner des boules de la taille de noix .
Recouvrir une plaque à pâtisserie de papier sulfurisé .
Déposer les falafels sur la plaque, en laissant un peu d’espace entre eux .
Enfourner au milieu du four pendant 30 minutes .
Vous pouvez les manger dans du pain pita avec de la salade, de la sauce à l’ail ou du houmous, ou ces quatre ensemble!

Quinoa and peach salad – Salade au quinoa et pêches

(en français, plus bas)

I once read that the perfect salad should be a blend of different flavours and different textures… It is a very simple advice that I always keep in mind when choosing the ingredients for a salad.

Take this peach and quinoa salad for example: there is the sweetness of peach and their smooth texture, contrasting nicely with the slight crunch of the quinoa and the real crunch of the walnuts… But there is also the slightly bitter taste of arugula and spinach and a little hint of tanginess added by the redcurrants… Added to these are the vibrant yellow, red and green colours and you will have a feast for the palate and the eyes! I bet it is pretty healthy, too and call it a great addition to any summer table!

note to my dear readers: Life can sometimes be so hectic. Days are so short for all the things that have to be done… These days, my time for blogging and blog hopping has reduced significantly and I am very sad about it. I hope you won’t mind too much! I am looking forward to having more time to visit and comment on my favourite blogs, soon.

Hugs and love from your always Sweet Artichoke

ingredients for 4 servings:

1 cup red quinoa
100g baby spinach leaves
100g arugula
3 peaches, cut into 8-12 slices
2 tablespoons walnuts or pecan nuts, coarsely chopped
30g dry salted cheese (I used Sbrinz, aSwiss cheese, that can be replaced by Parmeggiano cheese)
1 tablespoon red currants
dressing:
salt and pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon jerez or balsamico vinegar

Method:
Rinse the quinoa. Cook according to instructions on the paquet. For me: cook in twice its volume of water for 10 minutes.Then,cover with liand let it rest for 10 more minutes. Season with salt. Keep aside.
Wash the peaches. Slice them into thin slices (about 8 to 10 slices per peach) and put them in a big salad bowl.
Rinse the spinach and arugula and pat dry with kitchen paper. Put them in the bowl. Add the red currants and walnuts.
Season with salt and pepper, add the olive oil and vinegar. Toss well.
Before serving, sprinkle with shavings of cheese.

I am sending this peach & quinoa salad to Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook, who is hosting this month Veggie/Fruit a Month and has chosen to put the spotlight on peaches!  A veggie/fruit a month is an event started by Priya of Mharo Rajasthan’s Recipes.

Salade de quinoa et pêches

J’ai lu il y a quelque temps de ça que la salade idéale devrait être à la fois un mélange de différentes saveurs et textures… C’est un conseil très simple que j’essaie toujours de garder à l’esprit lorsque je choisis les ingrédients d’une salade.

Prenons cette salade de pêche et quinoa par exemple: il y a de la douceur de la pêche et sa texture lisse, qui contraste agréablement avec le léger croquant des graines de quinoa et le croustillant des noix … il y a aussi le goût légèrement amer de la roquette et des épinards et un léger goût acidulé ajoutés par les groseilles … Ajoutons à cela des couleurs vives et joyeuses: jaune, rouge et vert et on obtient un régal pour le palais et les yeux! Je pense qu’elle est en plus assez saine, qu’on peut donc considérer qu’elle est parfaite sur toute table estivale!

Ingrédients pour 4 personnes:

1 tasse de quinoa rouge
100g de petites feuilles d’épinards
100g de roquette
3 pêches, coupées en 8-12 tranches
2 cuillères à soupe de noix ou noix de pécan hachées grossièrement
30g fromage sec salé (j’ai utilisé du Sbrinz, un fromage suisse, qui peut être remplacé par du Parmesan)
1 cuillère à soupe de groseilles rouges
vinaigrette:
sel et poivre
3 cuillères à soupe d’huile d’olive
1 cuillère à soupe de vinaigre balsamique ou de xérès

Préparation:
Rincer le quinoa. Cuire selon les instructions sur le paquet. Pour moi: le faire cuire dans deux fois son volume d’eau pendant 10 minutes.Puis, couvrir avec un couvercle et laisser reposer pendant 10 minutes.  Assaisonner avec du sel. Mettre de côté.
Laver les pêches, les couper en fines tranches (environ 8 à 10 tranches par pêche) et les mettre dans un grand saladier.
Rincer les épinards et la roquette et les éponger avec du papier absorbant. Les mettres dans le saladier. Ajouter les groseilles et les noix.
Assaisonner avec du sel et du poivre, puis ajouter l’huile d’olive et le vinaigre. Bien mélanger.
Avant de servir, parsemer de copeaux de fromage.

Healing Foods: Artichoke and banana flowers Round-Up & giveaway winners

Artichokes and banana flowers? I know that one of the two might still have a mysterious aura for some of you, but after seeing the 17 recipes for this month’s Healing Food series, I am sure that you won’t resist the temptation of discovering them…

You might however wonder what the connection between artichokes and banana flowers is.

The explanation is simple: initially I had chosen artichokes as theme for this month’s Healing Foods, but shortly after the announcement, I was informed that artichokes can’t be found in India…  So, I first came with cardoon, which is from the same species than artichokes, but it turned out that it was not available in India either… Mocha or banana flowers then came to my mind. Not only do they look and taste a bit similar but they required quite some time to trim and prepare, exactly like fresh artichokes…

I am very impressed by the quality and originality of  recipes sent by 11 talented ladies for this event and I would like to thank all of them for their creativity! You are awesome, ladies – vous êtes géniales, Mesdames! Merci beaucoup!

A big thank you to  Siri to have given me the opportunity to host this event during the month of March and to Pritya books who is generously giving away these two great books:

Cooking At Home With Pedatha: Awarded Best Vegetarian Cookbook in the World 2006, this book documents the culinary legacy of an illustrious Indian grandmother for posterity.

and

Sukham Ayu: Winner of Best Health & Nutrition Book in the World 2009 – Second Place, this beautiful book has been researched at KARE, an idyllic Ayurvedic research & rejeuvenation establishment near Pune.


There are still many artichoke recipes that I want to share with you but I ran short of time during March, so I could only post two recipes and repost 2 old ones. My future personal challenge will be to come up with a recipe for actually sweet artichokes… so stay tuned!

Before discovering who are the lucky winners of the books, let’s discover the round-up for the month of March:

The recipes are shown in the order I received them click on the pic or hyperlink to go to the recipe:

Johanna from “Green Gourmet Giraffe”  prepared artichoke muffins that she took  for a picnic at the zoo:

The preparation of  these Banana flowers chops brought back lovely childhood memories to Sukanya from “Saffron streaks” ,:

Janet from “The Taste Space” has been experimenting with variations of her recipes. I really enjoyed reading the creative process behind these beautiful Artichoke and Spinach Rice Paper Rolls with Lemon Rosemary Baked Tofu

Priya from “Priya’s easy and tasty recipes” – first experimented with artichoke calzone :

 

… and she liked this veggie so much, that she got inspired for two more recipes:

a very innovative artichoke and curry leaves chutney and…

and an equally innovative artichoke, potato and mushroom curry:

Nivedita from “Panfusine – Iyer’n Chef” was happily singing ABBA’s songs  and nearly choked of delight when she first tasted her artichoke masala vadai,

Did you know that artichoke existed in the Greek Mythology? Discover what happened to the beautiful Cynara  and enjoy these  delicious artichoke lasagna sent by  Ivy from “Kopiaste … to Greek Hospitality”  :

What about an Indo-Iranian fusion dish?

Malli from “Malli’s Mint and Mimosa” loves Iranian chelow kebabs and got inspired to prepare a vegetarian version using banana blossoms : check out her Iranian black bean Kebab with mocha :

Simona from  “Briciole”  is fan of  Italian artichokes, she prepared a hummus with artichoke, check her post to see  how many strands has the beautiful home-made challah bread she served with it…

Don’t be scared of fresh baby artichokes! Amy from “Savory moments” was nicely surprised on how easy it is to clean and trim them and she prepared these  delicious lemon and thyme braised baby artichokes:

Are you tempted to cook banana flowers but you are no sure on what is the edible part and how to extract it? Fear no more, Vijitha from “A Foodie in her cooking hat” has not only sent us this Banana Flower stir fry, she is also providing a thorough explanation on how to prepare the flowers.

Nawel from “Jeux d’épices et Saveurs” is proud to share the recipe of  “Artichoke, fava beans and dry tomatoes stir fry” , which will be featured next month in a French magazine. As her recipe was in French, the translation has been provided below the picture :

Ingredients for  4 servings
1 shallot
2 cloves garlic
280 g peeled frozen fava beans
4-5 frozen artichoke hearts
130 g chickpeas
5 sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil
1 tsp cumin powder
½ tsp strong or mild paprika
½ bunch chopped fresh cilantro
2 tbsp chopped parsley
2 ½  tbsp olive oil
100 ml water
Salt and pepper
Method:
Cut artichoke hearts into quarters. Cut the sun-dried tomatoes in three.
Peel the shallot and chop it finely. Peel the garlic cloves and crush them.
Heat the olive oil in a pan, on low heat and add the shallot.
Fry for 1 minute. Add the artichokes, beans, chickpeas, sun-dried tomatoes, herbs, salt and pepper.
Stir and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring regularly.
Add the cold water, stir and add the spices.
Cover and simmer over low heat for 10 more minutes.

And finally, voilà your Sweet Artichoke’s artichoke recipes….

An artichoke and chickpeas curry, that can be eaten cold as salad, which is really great when you have left overs… (here)

… a rather unusual way of eating artichokes, as filling for these savoury hazelnut sandwich cookies (here)

and,  from Sweet Artichoke’s archives:

I had celebrated my 100th post with an artichoke tapenade, which was also my first posted recipe with artichokes!

I did not come back from our trip to Roma with designer shoes or clothes, but with fresh Roman artichokes, bought at one of the local market… delicious in these pasta ai carciofi (here)

By now, I do hope that you are feeling hungry…. and tempted by these goodies….

It is my pleasure to announce the lucky winners of the two books:

*drums rolling….*

I first prepared an alphabetical list of all participants:

Then I went on http://www.randomizer.org:

which drew number 11 and number 8.

Congratulations to Vijitha and Priya!

Please send me your contact details at:  sweetartichoke@gmail.com