This is a great recipe for all the family. Lots of healthy ingredients and chickpeas and quinoa are good sources of protein needed for growing families. This recipe is good to support immune system health an those detoxification pathways for a January burst of detox help.
Avoid cooking too long to spoil all those lovely colours. Overcooking foods reduces the nutrient benefit and makes them less appealing to eat.
Her’s a bit more nutrient info………….
Broccoli or kale are good in this recipe and they both are great to encourage the production of the CYP 450 detoxification enzymes. It is always best to lightly steam or cook because these vegetables contain goitrogenic properties that can reduce the competence of the thyroid if used a lot.
Chickpeas are a great source of B vitamins which are needed for mood and enzyme production.
The quinoa is a seed that is great for magnesium and is a complete protein source. Magnesium is very important for mood management and relaxation and is also rich in all the leafy green veg.
Tumeric should be added to all the dishes you can. It is a great source of anti-oxidants and is anti inflammatory and it supports many of the detoxification processes throughout the body
Pre- heat oven to 180C
Ingredients (serves 4-6)
- 1 large onion chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic chopped
- 1 red pepper diced
- 200gms of kale or broccoli florets
- 8 cherry tomatoes chopped
- 300gms quinoa
- 4 tbsp lemon juice
- 400gm tin of chickpeas drained
- 600ml of vegetable stock
- 100ml of oatley cream
- 2 tsp dried Oregano
- 1 tsp Tumeric
- Freshly ground black pepper and sea salt
- Lightly fry the onions, garlic and red peppers in the olive oil until softened (add a little water to steam fry which reduces the heat damage to the oil)
- Add the kale or broccoli florets and tomatoes and cook until just softened
- Put the quinoa into a casserole dish and all the ingredients and stir well
- Cover with foil or a lid and bake in the oven for 30 minutes – check at 20 minutes to ensure there is enough liquid and stir.
- Serve with a salad
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