with beets, black fungus, herbs and spices
This recipe is delicious and simple to make and is high in vitamins, minerals, nutrients and protein. It is ideal for athletes or anyone into fitness and looking for ways to eat healthy and improve their athletic performance.
1 or more cups of Quinoa
1 medium sized beet (beet root) chopped into cubes
Water - 2 times the amount of quinoa
Fresh lemon balm
Black Fungus – chopped
Fresh and young garlic shoots or 1-2 garlic cloves
Hot red pepper – amount according to your taste
Add water to a pot, so if are using 1 cup of Quinoa then add 2 cups of cold water. Boil water and then add in the chopped beets and Quinoa. I like to let that cook for 1-2 minutes at a boil. Reduce to low heat. Add in the rest of the ingredients according to your taste: olive oil, oregano, chopped lemon balm, chopped black fungus, chopped garlic shoots or garlic cloves, black pepper and hot red pepper. Cook this at a low heat – let it simmer for about 30 minutes until all the water is gone and the Quinoa is nice and fluffy.
A great side dish for any meal. Can be prepared in advance and re-heated for future days to save you time cooking. Notice that there is no salt in this recipe. Salt is not required to be added to food contrary to what the chefs on the Food Network say. Most food (vegetables, herbs, grains, seeds…) in its natural state already contains sodium and enough of it that your body already requires to properly function. Adding more is just bad for your health. Also, by combining the right kind and combination of herbs and spices you can add a lot of flavor to the meals that you prepare.
Brief summary of Nutritional Information:
Beet Roots are high in phytonutrients (betalains), folate (vitamin B9), fiber, manganese, potassium, iron, vitamin C and nitrates which can increase athletic endurance and athletic performance. They also contain Omega 3 and protein.
Black fungus – source of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Quinoa – high in protein, a complete source of protein; good source of vitamins and a great source of minerals.
Plus the other ingredients such as oregano, olive oil, lemon balm, red hot peppers, garlic are all very healthy for you as well.
I have only briefly described the main nutritional components here. For more nutrition information and their full health benefits, I recommend that you research these foods and herbs more fully on the Internet.