Puffed Quinoa Meatloaf

Puffed Quinoa Meatloaf

Effort: Easy
Serves 4


1/2 lb ground meat (I used lean ground pork)
1/2 a sweet yellow pepper or red pepper chopped
2 cups puffed quinoa plus some for rolling
1/2 cup breadcrumbs plus some for rolling
1 egg
Fine sea salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbs Canola oil plus some for drizzling


Heat oven to 400o.
Drizzle the canola oil into a baking dish, such as a Pyrex. Lay a paper towel out and sprinkle generously with breadcrumbs.
Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix together with your hands until well combined. Still using your hands, shape the mixture into a long log then gently roll in the breadcrumbs. Place in the centre of the baking dish and drizzle a little oil over it, then sprinkle generously with puffed quinoa.
Cover with foil and bake for about 45 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking until browned and cooked through. 

Easiest Cake Ever!

(Shown here is this cake as an "upside down" version)

Serves 8
Effort: Easy


1/3 cup canola oil
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup super fine sugar (not icing sugar)
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 cup milk or coffee cream
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla


- add 2 mashed bananas & chopped walnuts, or
- add 1/2 cup cocoa powder, or
- add 2 peeled, cored and chopped apples & 2 tsp. cinnamon, or
- add 1 tbsp. grated orange peel
the options are endless, so get creative!

Heat oven to 375o.
Grease and flour either a 9" round cake tin, or a bread tin.
Put all the ingredients (except whatever options you choose to add) in a large bowl and using an electric mixer, mix at medium to low speed until well combined. If using any of the options, fold those in.
Pour into the baking tin, and bake for approximately 30 minutes or until when tooth pick is inserted it comes out dry. Cool on a wire rack and frost with your favourite frosting or simply sprinkle with icing sugar.

(This recipe was adapted from Better Homes & Gardens)