This gluten and dairy free hemp quinoa bowl is a great plant based way to start the day off right and makes a nice change from smoothies. It’s a refreshing dish with lots of benefits, you get a great dose of antioxidants from the pomegranate seeds and juice, slow release energy and fibre from the quinoa and beneficial (and for some people, hard to get) anti-inflammatory omega 3 fats which are perfectly balanced against the omega 6 fats, one of which is GLA which can benefit hormone balance as well as skin health.
Another of the benefits of hemp is that it is a plant based complete protein source, meaning that it contains all of the essential amino acids that our bodies cannot make and that we therefore need to get from food.
Considering the combination of plant protein, fibre, beneficial unsaturated fats and low sugar content of hemp foods this makes them fantastic for your heart, so I really do encourage you to add more of it into your diet if you don’t already.
For this recipe I used 2 different products from the Good Hemp food company, their hemp milk and hemp seeds.
Recipe (serves 1)
-40g uncooked quinoa
-200ml Good Hemp milk
-1 tspn tahini/almond butter
-Zest of ½ lemon (use unwaxed organic lemons)
-Pomegranate seeds from half a large pomegranate
-2 tspn Good Hemp hemp seeds
-Rinse the quinoa in a fine sieve under water for a few seconds for better tasting quinoa (optional)
-Add the quinoa and hemp milk to a pot and bring to the boil, add the tahini/nut butter, give it a quick stir then reduce to a medium heat for approx. 10mins with the occasional stir. While it’s cooking you can begin removing the pomegranate seeds.
-Once the quinoa has absorbed all of the liquid and is nice and fluffy, add it to a bowl then zest over the lemon and top with the pomegranate and hemp seeds before tucking in