Thursday, April 19, 2012

My First Quinoa attempt

Ok, so this is Thursday night and I am just now posting my Meatless Monday.  What do you expect?  I've been saying good bye to my 48th year.  Tomorrow I start my Farewell Forties Tour...

So any hoo, I have been reading about how quinoa is this great seed and it was the Inca's secret dietary item for their warriors that I had to try it. Well... I may never eat rice again!  This stuff is awesome!

Start off by cooking the quinoa.  It's cooked much like rice - 2:1 ratio of liquid to quinoa and cooked for 20 minutes.  I use chicken broth instead of water.


While the quinoa is cooking, I pan-fried my Bocca Burger patty and then chopped it.  ( I have found that I like chopped Bocca in these dishes.)


While chopping the patty, I added some olive oil, onion, fresh cut corn and mushrooms.  Once the patty was chopped and added, I some sliced grape tomatoes.


Once the quinoa was finished, I added it to the skillet and mixed with the other goodies, and then put my serving in the bowl.

The end result was a great, delicious meal.  It was so good, I made a chicken stir-fry with quinoa on Tuesday!

14 comments:

Unknown said...

I have a bag of quinoa in the pantry and have never opened it, let alone tried it. Frankly, I'm scared to. First, I don't know how to pronounce it. Second, I have texture issues with foods like bulgur and couscous. I see this in the same vein. At some point I know I'll give it a go and this looks amazing enough to tempt me, but I just don't know.

Susan Lindquist said...

Quinoa is becoming a frequent visitor to our dinner plates ... I like it in tomato-based 'pilafs' and cooked in chicken broth with add-ins like nuts and dried fruits and served with grilled or roasted chicken ...

I'll be trying your version!

Dawnye7 said...

Happy Birthday Richard. My first attempt at making this stuff, did not go well and I left the bag in the pantry. It was hard and I thought I was eating a forest preserve. I'll have to try it with the chicken broth now and make sure I cook it long enough.

Richard said...

(keen-wah)I think you will find the couscous and quinoa on the same texture level. The quinoa is not as firm/gritty, but close. My bride was very hesitant to try it, but then I had to fight her the next morning for the leftovers for my lunch...

Richard said...

Thanks Dawnye! I thought it was very good, it wasn't hard at all.

Unknown said...

I usually use 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups liquid to 1 cup quinoa and cook it a little longer at a little lower temperature (a very gentle simmer for about 35 minutes, covered). It turns out so fluffy and almost creamy! Quinoa has replaced couscous, rice and even pasta on many occasions in my household. A favorite dish is sauteed with spinach, mushrooms and roasted garlic. It took me a while to stop treating it like some special category until its self. Once I started looking at it the same way I see rice and couscous the ideas started pouring out. It is such a wonderfully versatile grain. Enjoy!

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist said...

I love quinoa! I did a series of posts on it this week because I was just bubbling over with excitement for this supergrain! Here's some more ideas as your quinoa adventures continue: http://www.treatswithatwist.com/2012/04/crazy-about-quinoa.html
Happy baking!

Unknown said...

I love quinoa - glad to see you liked it, too! The dish you made looks great.

Anita at Hungry Couple said...

I love grains and have a bag of pretty much everything in my pantry. I have to say that I've always preferred bulgar and barley over the quinoa. But I've seen so many delicious looking quinoa recipes lately that I may have to revisit it. Thanks for the inspiration.

kale said...

I love quinoa! I think the biggest reason I love it so much is because I find it much easier to cook than rice. I know tons of people make rice and it's "super easy", but I can never make it work out! Quinoa to the rescue! :)

Torviewtoronto said...

this looks wonderful lovely flavours

Kim Bee said...

Very nice job. I am on the fence with quinoa myself. But I like the idea of adding a boca burger to it for some extra texture.

Unknown said...

I love quinoa!! The chicken stir fry sounds amahzing!!! Share that recipe, bc the hubs will actually eat this one!!!

Beth Michelle said...

Quinoa is the best!! We love it in our home. What a great use of it!!