I present to you these exquisite quinoa cannelloni with beet whole wheat flour crepes recipe. Without a doubt, this is a proposal that differs from the rest. It turns out a very complete meal, because it is a recipe that brings together a lot of nutrients. Make lunches or dinners that stand out from the classic. Go for new combinations!
From Italian origin, cannelloni are a rectangular sheet of pasta that is filled with different ingredients and then rolled up. This is how it gets its famous name “cannelloni”, which means cylinder in Italian. Over time, they had modifications and the different countries put their own style to make them. In Argentina, for example, it is customary to prepare them with crepes and not with pasta dough.
Among the most common fillings that can be found are spinach, ricotta, chard, meat, chicken and fish cannelloni. Today we prepare these uniquely flavored cannelloni, made with beet crepes with whole wheat flour, which are a fantastic combination! Also, you can prepare them with all kinds of crepes of your choice, or if it is your greatest preference, with pasta dough.
Let’s talk about the recipe:
Making this recipe for whole wheat quinoa cannelloni is quite practical and simple. The ingredients used are just a few and often used, easy to find in any market.
About the filling:
The filling is made up mostly of quinoa and, as the second main ingredient, tuna. To a lesser extent some vegetables, which mostly add flavor to this filling. These may be modified according to their preference or availability. So if you don’t like one, you can replace them at your preference.
Quinoa must be cooked previously before being used. And for this, just like rice or pasta, it is boiled. A process that takes just a few minutes since it is cooked quickly Although before cooking you have to take into account certain observations that are important. And in this way, a good result will be obtained in terms of its flavor.
The first thing to do is read the instructions on its packaging, because depending on this, an extra step may or may not be done. At present, quinoa is prepackaged previously washed, a step that is carried out to release a natural substance that covers the grains called saponin.
Saponin and its consumption in large quantities can become toxic. And although it is unlikely to occur an intoxication by the consumption of this saponin in this food, which happens is that it provides a very bitter taste in its presence. So it would be somewhat unpleasant and unappetizing to eat.
Then, at the doubt, the quinoa must rinse very well, under the tap with the running water. It is not soaked, as this would make the quinoa absorb external saponin by concentrating inside. In another post I am going to elaborate a little more on cooking quinoa, giving some little tips to improve its flavor and texture.
About Cannelloni assembly:
The cannelloni assembly process is very simple, you just need to place a little filling on the crepes and roll up, adjusting a little so that it does not come apart. Assembled cannelloni are placed in a baking dish with the lock down. In this way they will be sealed during baking and do not disarm at the serving time.
To make these cannelloni, this beet crepes with whole wheat flour recipe was used. For other crepes versions available, click here. For preparing with fresh pasta you can see the paste recipe options here. With the proportions of this recipe, a dozen large size cannelloni was obtained with a good amount of filling.
Even though the cannelloni are already cooked, which is usually done is gratin or heating in the oven before serving. Since its elaboration has two types of procedures, preparing crepes and making the filling. It is a meal that is not hard to do but it takes time. Preparing a part the day before, could alleviate the time of it a little.
The cannelloni are usually heated in the oven next to its sauce. It is convenient that the amount is enough and largely covers the cannelloni. In this way, the crepes being in contact with the sauce, do not dry and become crispy during baking. Usually, cheese is also placed above, thus achieving a more than exquisite gratin!
The sauce used in this opportunity is a Portobello white sauce. Which goes very well with these quinoa cannelloni with beet crepes with whole wheat flour recipe. If you do not know how to prepare it and you are interested in knowing how it is done, I leave the link here.
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- Large crepes 12
- Cooked Quinoa 650 g / 22.93 oz / 1.43 lb
- Tuna 240 g / 8.47 oz / 0.52 lb
- Philadelphia cream cheese
- Onions M 2
- Bell Pepepr ½
- Garlic 3
- Cook the quinoa. Reserve.
- Sauté the onion, bell pepper and minced garlic.
- Remove the pan from the heat, place the vegetables in a container. Add the quinoa. Season to taste. Mix.
- Add the tuna. Mix.
- Add the cream cheese. Stir. TCover, store the filling in the refrigerator until use.
- Place filling in a beet whole wheat flour crepe. Roll up to wrap and assemble the cannelloni.
- Place the cannelloni with the closure down on a baking tray.
- Place sauce of choice and cheese over the cannelloni. Bake at average temperature for approximately 20-30 minutes.
- Raw quinoa 200 g / 7.05 oz / 0.44 lb was used.
- It get 12 large cannelloni.
- Per person: 2 cannelloni (of this size and amount of filling)
- Consume preferably before 3 days.
- Can be frozen (3 months)