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Garlic Mushroom Quinoa

Quinoa is one of the healthiest grain crop around. Its a rich source of fiber and protein, hence will give you ample of energy during the day. Learn from Raw Mountain Kitchen, such a wonderful recipe. You can read more about Quinoa here. You can read more about Quinoa here “Quinoa” – about its origination and species of plants its related to.

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Garlic Mushroom Quinoa

This morning I made the wonderful decision to run at 7AM! It was windy, but not overly freezing. A few hours later I went outside again and found the temperature dropped 5 degrees colder.. Usually it’s the other way around right??

Garlic Mushroom Quinoa

Due to freezing coldness, I drank about 8 cups of maple tea and made this savoury Garlic Mushroom Quinoa dish with spinach and thyme today. SO simple, and so delicious, I thought perhaps I would share it :).

Garlic Mushroom Quinoa:

1 c Quinoa

2 c Water

4 – 5 Cloves of Garlic

5 c Mushrooms

2 tbsp Olive Oil

1 c Spinach


1. Bring water to boil in pot, then add quinoa. Cook for 10 – 15 minutes or until quinoa is soft and water is absorbed.

2. In a pan, heat olive oil.

3. Add garlic and mushrooms. Sauté.

4. Add quinoa and spinach, cook for 5…

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Fresh pasta sauce

Pasta sauce consitency

Hi everyone.
As I mentioned a week ago that soon I will publish the recipe of fresh pasta sauce.

How to prepare “Fresh pasta sauce” ?

Preparation time: 10-15 minutes

Cooking time: 60-90 minutes
Serves: 6

Ingredients for pasta sauce

1. 2 kg fresh tomatoes
2. 1 chopped red/white onion
3. 6-8 cloves of garlic
4. 3 table spoons of salt (Don’t be too generous)
5. Cold pressed olive oil (It is least processed)
6. One table-spoon of sugar
7. One red capsicum (slice and dice)
8. One fresh chopped carrot
9. One table-spoon of red chilli powder (I prefer hot chilli powder)
10. Half tea-spoon of black pepper
11. Half diced green chilli
12. Couple dry red chilli
13. Half tea-spoon of oregano
14. 4-6 fresh basil leaves


1. Pan
2. Heating container
3. Food processor of blender for tomato puree.

Process  Continue reading


Purchased olive oil of fine quality

Going back few weeks I wrote an article on olive oil, and put emphasis on why olive oil is good for us and how to purchase good quality olive oil. Just to freshen up everyone’s memory, here is the link to that article – How Well Do You Know Your Olive Oil.

Today I went to the market and focused on few points which helped me to purchase the right olive oil.

First thing I looked into was the tinted color glass bottle. This is because the tint color protects the olive oil from direct light which may damage the quality of the oil.

Tint colour bottle for olive oil

For me nutritional information is very important. As you can see on the next picture, the label mentions that the oil has no cholesterol or sodium. Another important thing I looked for is, that which oil is more richer in monounsaturated fats as compared to other oils on the shelf. As you can see, the label mentions 11 grams of monounsaturated fat per serving size (15ml) and 71 grams per 100 ml. Other oils were higher in saturated fats per 100 ml and did not contain enough monounsaturated fats. Monounsaturated fats help in reducing the risk of heart disease by reducing bad cholesterol in blood. These are also known to normalize blood pressure and blood sugar. Hence buying an olive oil richer in monounsaturated fats is always a better choice, so choose the one which is richer in these fats.

 Olive Oil Nutritional Information

Last but not the least, it is very important to know whether the olive oil is fake or authentic. Again in my previous article “How well do you know your olive oil“, there are certain pointers that I highlighted, which may help you to purchase olive oil of finer quality. As you can see below, the olive oil I bought has a certified seal (CERMENT) that guarantees its authenticity from Italy. Also this oil had it nowhere mentioned on the bottle words such as  blended, purified, refined, etc. These words on the bottle mean that the oil is not pure and has gone through some chemical process, hence its not extra-virgin at all. Some of the extra-virgin oils on the shelf had those words written on them. After considering all these signs I was sure that I am buying the product of fine quality.

Olive oil certified seal

Choosing a good product between many bad products is a hard process. It requires time and attention. You are a consumer and you possess the power of knowledge. Don’t let these companies cheat you. Step forward and make a good and informed purchase. Making informed decisions will help your health in a long run and will save you from those extra medical bills.

Eat all fresh and stay healthy 🙂