The name of this dish.. quite a mouthful.. Hahaa.. but it is just like its name, packed with lots of good nutrients, such a nutritious meal for a little tummy. I am always very glad that my little fella (just turned one 2 weeks ago) is a food 'connoisseur' at his age. He takes pleasure in finishing all his meal. Let's keep his fingers crossed he will continue to love his mom's home-cooked food.
|Packed and go. The lil' fella's lunch.|
I'm organizing a cooking class for mommies with babies/kids this coming Saturday at Just Health, one of the dish that I'm gonna demo on is this quinoa porridge with fish. I tried the first one in a 'risotto' style, it was a lot drier. The people here may not be familiar with risotto, so I may not want to introduce too many new things at one time, quinoa .. nutritional yeast .. are already something unheard, doubt many will know of risotto. So I'll just stick with porridge this time. I'm sure everyone knows porridge or congee.
I have always been a huge advocate of quinoa. It's just a small tiny seeds / grains (it's actually a seed) but it is soooo nutritious! It's gluten free and is a source of complete protein. Most importantly, it's easily digestible making it a SUPERFOOD for the little tummy. I love quinoa, because of its protein rich property, but unlike meat, it is free from cholesterol, so we can eat lots of it and not need to worry about its cholesterol or getting gout. I am also in love with it for its high calcium content. I suffer from lactose intolerance. I take no milk. None at all throughout my pregnancy. I just relied on these wholegrains, eg brown rice, quinoa, millet, amaranth (another calcium-packed grain) for their calcium and iron source.
The lil' fella has been eating lots of these wholegrain since young. His taste bud has kinda adapted to a wide variety of texture and flavor which I realized would make things easy. I can explore with a lot of ingredients, and he can be my lab rat!
So here's my humble recipe:
- 3tbsp of quinoa (soaked for abt 2-4hours prior to cooking)
- 3tbsp of oat
- about 200g pumpkin, cut into cubes
- about 1-2 cups of water
- 1 white fish fillet (I used threadfin)
- served with organic toasted sesame oil and nutritional yeast flakes (no salt added to his food yet)
Put everything into a slow cooker and cook for about 3-5hours. When everything is soft and creamy, add in fish fillet and let cook for another 15min. Serve with organic toasted sesame oil and nutritional yeast flakes.
This post is linked to the event, Little Thumbs Up organised by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Doreen of My Little Favourite DIY and hosted by Vivian of Vivian Pang's Kitchen.