With far more time inside than we might be used to, the cosy vibes are in desperate need of being upped. Call Nourish and Flourish to the stand. Once again Candy is here to save the day with her Cosy, Savoury Oats.
Now, we know what you might be thinking.
Oats are sweet. You top them with chocolate, berries and peanut butter. You bake them into banana breads and into syrupy flapjacks. There’s every possibility that topping them with avocado, cooking them through with pumpkin and actual, wait a minute... this recipe doesn’t even call for oats. Quinoa!? Why on earth would we do that?
Well, actually, there’s several reasons why.
For starters, Quinoa is gluten-free, high in protein and one of the few plant foods that contain sufficient amounts of all nine essential amino acids. If that wasn’t enough. It’s also high in fiber, magnesium, B vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and vitamin E. All of which make it full of antioxidants and necessary ingredients for your plant based, or balanced diet.
The pumpkin not only means that you get one of your five a day in as soon as you wake up, but it is also full of nutrients that create immunity within the body... something we could all do with more of in the world right now.
So, we may have convinced you so far. But we would be lying if we didn’t say that we were reluctant to add the avocado too. On toast? Absolutely. In a heart salad? The perfect addition. Even in a green smoothie? Why not? But topping our oats? Well, it turns out we were wrong. Not only does adding the avocado add a huge dosage of potassium (actually more than the bananas you might be used to putting in your oats), but it also hypes up the healthy fibre and fats even more. Plus, we can’t believe we are saying it, it works perfectly too.
Convinced? Give it a try.
Here’s what you will need:
Here’s what to do:
- Place 1tbsp of Nuts by Nature paste into a blander with 200ml of water - blend for 30 seconds
- Place the quinoa, water and blended mylk into a pan
- Bring to the boil before turning the heat down. Cook for around 15 minutes, or until the quinoa and pumpkin are fully cooked through
- Add the avocado to serve!
- Take a picture, tag us and enjoy.
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