Chicken & quinoa san choi bow


This recipe from Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat has been a hit with dinner guests at OMG HQ, it’s packed full of flavour and crunchy texture.

You will need:
700g chicken mince
1 1/2 cups quinoa
375g water chestnuts, drained and chopped (you can also use daikon)
1 medium large knob ginger, chopped

1 small chilli (optional)
1/2 cup (100mL) tamari
1/4 cup (50mL) pure maple syrup
2 tbsp (50mL) macadamia nut oil
1 tbsp potato or corn flour
15 iceberg lettuce cups
5 sprigs coriander
Some carrot and capsicum strips
slivers of shallots as garnish

What to do:

  • Rinse quinoa well and cook absorption method using 1 cup quinoa to 1 3/4 cups water
  • Heat oil in wok, add mince, water chestnuts, chillies and ginger and cook for a couple of minutes, stirring constantly to break up any lumps.
  • Add tamari and maple syrup and cook further
  • Mix potato or corn flour with a little water to thicken the mix slightly and give it some glossy appearance
  • Add quinoa, stir through
  • Check seasoning. Fill into washed and trimmed lettuce cups and garnish with sprinkled of carrots, shallot, capsicum, and coriander. Serve with sweet chilli sauce and lime wedges on the side

Makes 15

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Source: Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat


Zara is a healthy home coach and keynote speaker on a mission to empower 1 million people to takes steps towards a healthier home. Zara learned about the link between our homes and our health after going through two different types of cancer. Zara is passionate about shining the spotlight on what she believes to be the least understood health challenges of our time, and sharing the things she wishes she had known, that could have prevented the illnesses she has been through. Recognised as one of Australia’s leading health influencers, Zara was a finalist in the 2014 Bupa Health Influencer of the Year Awards. She has appeared on TEN News, Today Show and The Project, been featured in the Herald Sun, I Quit Sugar, and contributed Medibank’s Be. Magazine and Fairfax health online publications. Zara contributed to the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s first comprehensive report on breast cancer in young women in Australia.

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