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Day 16: Meatless Monday Quinoa Pasta

Today I took out my new pasta roller that my Dad bought me for Christmas, and decided to finally break it in!

I used 2 cups of quinoa I had milled in my vitamix. Digging out the centre I made a little volcano, where I added two eggs, some olive oil, salt and lukewarm water in a little bowl ready to mix in…

After mixing in all the ingredients I made a couple of balls then wrapped them in plastic wrap. I let them set while I took my son to hockey practice.

Then came the tricky part…

I flattened out a dough ball with my hand, and tried to pass it through the machine on the first setting, but all I got was a crumbly mess… After a quick google search I found I needed to spray the dough with some lukewarm water to moisten it.  Seeing as though I didn’t have a spray bottle handy I just filled the little bowl I had used for the wet ingredients with the water, and dipped my finger tips in and spread.  It worked to moisten the dough, and all was good.

It took several tries to get a system that would work with the dough to make it sticky, but not too sticky, and not too crumbly.  Each piece of dough went though the machine a couple of times on 1 to get it smooth, each time folding it onto itself and feeding it back in. I added them to each other to make a bigger piece, and continued to feed, and fold the dough till I could move up to 2, then 4, where I stopped. Do NOT forget the folding feeding, or folding and re-rolling step if even if using a rolling pin. As when making pasta as this is the step that gives it it’s stretchy consistency, and makes it a nice noodle verse an egg noodle.

After I got it to the desired sized I moved on to another piece, and so on… till I had several quinoa pasta sheets…

By this point I had the pot of water boiling, and I was ready to cut it into thin slices… on my first batch, not thinking I could get it though the fettucini setting as it was still too crumbly I had cut it with a pizza cutter.  After figuring out a system to get nicer sheets, I braved the attachment. Which I am glad I did, as it turned out great!

Don’t mind all the crumbles at the bottom… I’m a newbie, and not someone’s awesome Italian Nona ;)

Here is my beautiful nest of noodles :)

After boiling, I topped it off with some of the yummy Dave’s Gourmet Butternut Squash sauce I picked up the last time I was at Costco… 

…and put a couple chopped up roasted brussel sprouts on the side.

It was delicious, filling, and full of vitamins and protein! …but not full of meat!

The recipe I used for the pasta was

The fact my kids had seconds… made me VERY happy!  It’s the little things, that make one happy… oh, well and my great new pasta rolling machine! Thanks again Dad, and Doris! <3 You!!

Have you ever made your own pasta?  Any good pasta recipes you would like to share?? Please share recipes or links in the comments below :)

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Cocoa Quinoa Puffs :)

Cocoa Quinoa Cereal

I think I have found a new love!  When shopping in Sobey’s the other day while at hockey camp I came across an interesting sounding cereal.  Gogo Quinoa’s Puffed Cocoa Quinoa.  I was a little hesitant at the $7 price tag, but I figured it would be a smoothie topper and not a bowl filler, so I took the plunge.  I am SO glad I did!  It is amazing. With only 3 ingredients, its a  CLEAN PICK!

It honestly tastes like a puffed wheat square!Photo Credit: The Casual Baker

Sheena, The Casual Baker, writes of the Puffed Wheat Square and how it seems to be only known to those in the prairie Provinces of Canada.  As someone who hailed from BC I can attest that I NEVER heard of this square till marrying my husband, but quickly found I liked it when I finally tried it!

I remember the first time I was requested to bring puffed wheat squares to a school function, and I struggled to find a “good” recipe.  Then I struggled to make a square instead of a puffed wheat granola!  They still are not my favourite to make.  I am not sure what it is, but mine never want to stay together!

Now I can have the flavour without the hassle!  Thanks to the cereal… and today I did, on top of a Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie in a Bowl

In the Mix:

  • Spinach, couple handfuls
  • Apricot (fresh) Banana could be substituted :)
  • T of Oats
  • 1/2 t Cocoa
  • T Chia Seeds
  • Splash Almond Milk
  • T of PB2
  • Splash of Torani Sugar-free Chocolate Syrup
  • Pinch of Xanthan and Guar Gum
  • 1-2c ice
Topped with a little Cocoa Quinoa Cereal, it was like dessert for breakfast!
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