nov 31

Quinoa Nori Metabolism-Boosting Wraps

Nori (which is this stuff; seaweed) combined with the veggie protein power of Quinoa and colourful veggies makes this meal a nutritional gold-mine. The metabolism boost comes from the seaweed – a naturally high source of mineral iodine, which the thyroid needs to do its job of regulating the metabolism.

Starting off, you need:

  • 1⁄2 cup mixed quinoa
  • 1 1⁄2 cups water
  • 4 nori sheets (just about every supermarket stocks it)
  • 2 tablespoons umeboshi plum vinegar, or apple cider vinegar
  • 1⁄2 small cucumber, washed and cut into batons
  • 1⁄2 an avocado, peeled and thinly sliced lengthways
  • 1⁄4 punnet of fresh alfalfa
  • 1⁄2 a small crunchy carrot, washed, trimmed
  • wasabi and pickled ginger, to serve

Seems like a lot of ingredients but once made these bad boys are their own reward!

Okay, firstly we want to cook our quinoa, remember this cooks just like rice so place it into a pot and fill with water, bring to the boil. Simmer for 10–15 minutes until quinoa is cooked (it will fluff up to triple its original size and appear to have little ‘tails’). Remove from heat and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

Now we’ve got our quinoa cooked stir in 2 tablespoons of umeboshi plum or apple cider vinegar.

Lay the first nori sheet on a cutting board or rolling mat. Spread a 1 cm thick layer of quinoa evenly over the sheet, leaving a 2 cm strip along the top end (to allow for sealing).

Now lay a line of cucumber, avocado, alfalfa and carrot on top of the quinoa at the bottom edge (closest to you).

Moisten the 2 cm strip at the top with a pastry brush dipped in water. Pick up the bottom edge of the sheet and carefully roll it tightly (away from you).Repeat with remaining sheets.

Serve with tamari, wasabi and ginger. Be careful; the wasabi sauce is pretty spicy!

These quinoa-nori metabolism boosting wraps are PERFECT for parties!

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