Tired of Quinoa? Try Einkorn berries!

Lori YoungdahlCooking with Oils, Nutrition, RecipesLeave a Comment

Quinoa has been the rage for the last 8 or so years as an “ancient grain” … as something that is a better alternative than wheat and pasta and white rice.

People are burning out on quinoa… some people (my boys) think quinoa has a “weird texture” and turn their noses up at it. I like quinoa, but I’m always looking for an alternative that my boys will eat.

Enter Einkorn berries!

Young Living is now selling a bag of Einkorn berries that come in a 5lb bag for $15.50 (wholesale member price). You can grind the berries and make flour or you can cook it like you would steel cut oats or quinoa.

Einkorn berries cooked in coconut milk with a few drops Lime Vitality essential oil, served with Thai Chicken = YUM!

Einkorn berries cooked in coconut milk with a few drops Lime Vitality essential oil, served with Thai Chicken = YUM!

When I play tennis in the evenings, I like to have a good solid meal to replenish all that I’ve just burned up running around after a small fuzzy yellow ball. 😉

I often don’t feel like cooking a full meal because … it’s the end of the day and …. well it’s the end of the day and I just don’t feel like cooking.

So I do some hacks. Quick meal prep.

 

 

 

 

Soak 6hrs- overnight

Soak 6hrs- overnight

Soak your berries 6 hours or overnight in water (if you don’t soak you’ll just need to cook a little longer)

1/4 cup Einkorn berries (before soaking)

1/2 – 3/4 cup coconut milk

2-4 drops Lime Vitality oil (depends on how much lime flavor you like)

Brink to boil, cover and cook 25-30 minutes until preferred tenderness is achieved.

Add a pinch of a good sea salt to flavor.

*garnish with fresh chopped cilantro

Serves well with Thai Chicken recipe or any preferred protein. Could also use to make a pasta salad.

Thai Chicken

3-4 lbs boneless chicken thighs

2/3 cup soy or aminos

2 Tbs brown sugar

5 cloves garlic crushed

2/3 cup (or can use 1 Tbs the tube kind) cilantro chopped

1-2 inch piece fresh ginger grated (or 1 Tbs tube kind OR try 1-3 drops Ginger essential oil)

5 green onions sliced

1 Tbs balsamic vinegar

1/2 tsp black pepper OR 1 drop Black Pepper Vitality

2 medium carrots sliced

Mix all but chicken thighs together, place thighs in InstaPot with sliced carrots, pour mix over top. Cook 10mins InstaPot on high (or 4-5 hours in traditional crock pot).

 

Go get your Einkorn berries HERE  

Got some favorite Einkorn recipes of your own? I’d love to hear about them! Always looking for new things to try 😉

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