Beautiful Bones

Quinoa Muffins

My mom-in-law has osteoporosis. Nothing new here: she's a woman in her late fifties, and she has been lactose intolerant for years. I've got used to cook considering her needs, adding new calcium-rich ingredients as much as possible, and avoiding those she can't have. Only recently have I discovered quinoa to be one of those miraculous foods - providing very needed calcium in a light way. I love quinoa for its versatility. How cool is a grain that works for both sweet and savoury dishes? Susan of Food Blogga, is hosting a food blogging event to alert women to the potential risks of osteoporosis and encourage them to take steps to protect their bones at every age. Today, I'm posting a savoury quinoa recipe to enter the amazing food event Beautiful Bones, and join the movement to prevent Osteoporosis.

Tuna Quinoa Muffins
Adapted from Chucrute com Salsicha

Makes 6

1 can tuna in olive oil (best quality), drained
1 1/2 cup (cooked) quinoa
1/2 cup milk
1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
2 eggs
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp lemon zest
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup chives, chopped
Salt and ground pepper

Preheat oven to 360ºF/180ºC. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl, whisking together flour and baking powder with the lemon zest. In another bowl, mix the tuna, olive oil and fresh herbs. Beat in the eggs with a pinch of salt. Add the milk, and the cooked quinoa. Season to taste. Mix in the flour mixture. Do not over work. Place the batter in a silicone muffin pan. Bake for 25 minutes or until cooked through. Serve immediately, with a green salad or together with broccoli soup.

Quinoa Muffins


Gato Azul | Chat Bleu said...

Absolument superbe, comme toujours et le thon ajoute de l'oméga-3. I might be redundant but I've nominated you for an award here http://gato-azul.blogspot.com/2008/05/deux-mentions-et-cinq-nominations-two.html

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Eu nunca experimentei quinoa Suzana, tinha vontade antes, mas depois de ver estes muffins vou ter de fazer uma viagem ao Celeiro proximamente. Têm mesmo bom aspecto e ainda por cima são bons para a saude!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Hi Suzana!

Quinoa really is a super-food, isn't it? I have made it in both savory and sweet dishes but have never thought to try a recipe like this. What a lovely brunch item these muffins would make. And with the tuna, they're even healthier for you. Thank you for a terrific entry!

Jj said...

Great idea to boost the all-important calcium, thanks!

guylaine said...

Une belle recette que je vais tester prochainement, merci !

Ann said...

What a wonderful double-whammy for calcium and protein! And they look so yummy!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Those sound AWESOME, Suzana! I love the savory muffin idea!

Deborah said...

What a great muffin!!

tartasacher said...

Hola Suzana:
Gracias por venir a mi sitio. Ha sido para mí un placer participar en este evento. Muchas felicidades por tu exquisito clafoutis que pienso hacer muy pronto. Besos y tienes un blog maravilloso, lo pondré en mis sitios amigos.