Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Cherry and Walnlut Quinoa Pilaf

Chef Wendell: Cherry & Walnut Quinoa Pilaf

As a meal or side dish, the combination of all these foods make for an easy to digest perfect meal brimming with nutrition that feeds our cells.
Eating cherries can help prevent diabetes, control arthritis pain, and prevent cancer with their powerful antioxidant virtues. Plus they taste heavenly. Toss a few into your next smoothie or into your granola. Walnuts in this tasty dish contain Omega 3 fatty acids.

I eat cherries at night to prevent me from being seduced by the 'dark side' or the fattening stuff.
Quinoa, the Incan soul grain, is high in protein and contains all eight essential amino acids.Rinse the quinoa well before cooking. This would be a great side dish or even and entree.

Yield: 6 servings
¾ cup quinoa
2 tsp. olive oil
2 stalks of celery, chopped
3 scallions, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 ½ cups boiling water
¾ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
1/3 cup dried cherries (1-½ ounces)
¼ cup chopped pecans or walnuts (1 ounce)

Place quinoa in a colander and rinse under cold running water.
Drain well.
In large skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
Add scallions and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes or until scallions are tender.
Stir in quinoa and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until lightly toasted.
Add boiling water, salt, and pepper.
Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook 20 to 25 minutes or until quinoa is tender.
Stir in cherries and pecans.
Chef Wendell

Sunday, June 15, 2008

TV Making Your Children Fat?

A study by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Diseases reports that children cut their eating if the spend lees time in front of the 'Idiot box", the family TV.

"It looks like screen time is influencing eating more than physical activity", the report says.

TV distracts kids from how much they are eating. Parents, next time you hunt and forage, procure quality snacks that supply valuable nutrition to their growing bodies and minds.

Kids deserve to feel good and enjoy their lives. We were designed by the Universe to be active.

When I was a lean kid of the 50's, Mom and Dad had to beat us over the head to get us to come inside at night when we would play hide and seek or shoot hoops till we dropped.

Progress is subjective.

Peace Love, and Understanding,