At this time of year, when the days are getting shorter, darker, and colder, it’s easy to crave comfort foods.
What I try to remember when I get those cravings is that it is possible to eat healthy, GET OFF YOUR ACID, and treat yourself to foods that make you feel comforted.
In fact, I think it’s comforting to eat foods that I know take care of my body and leave me nourished, rather than depleted.
This Autumn Quinoa is perfect for days when you want a satisfying bowl of delicious comfort food that will help your body fight acid.
Because it uses quinoa instead of pasta or rice, you’ll get lasting energy and a great plant-based protein boost. By cooking it with vegetable broth, garlic and shallots, it’s packed with flavor and tastes way more indulgent than it actually is!
In our apartment, we usually add sweet potato, carrot, beet, and chard to amp up the color, taste, and nutrition factors, but you can swap out whatever vegetables look good at the farmer’s market or you happen to have on hand.
Once you start making this, you’ll find there are a hundred different combinations and all are easy to make, taste delicious, and full of acid-fighting nutrients that make you feel good.
So let’s get cooking!
2 cups quinoa (ideally rinsed and soaked for 20 minutes)
4 cups vegetable broth
4 cloves of garlic minced
2 shallots, chopped
½ bunch Swiss chard, cut into ribbons
1 15-ounce can of white beans (Eden Organics is a great brand)
1 sweet potato, grated
1 beet, grated
1 carrot, grated
1 large bunch of sage, cut into ribbons
½ cup almond slivers
Zest and juice of one lemon
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
In a pot, combine quinoa, vegetable broth, garlic and shallots. Cook on medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes until liquid is absorbed. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and season with salt and pepper.