Friday, March 24, 2017
That was my thought about quinoa.
I had tried it once, in a recipe, and I didn't like it.
I had no need to try it again.
Despite the fact that I had a decent supply of uncooked quinoa in my pantry.
That's my new thoughts about quinoa.
My boy cherub really likes quinoa.
The other day, I was making a dinner the girl cherub had asked for and I thought,
"I'll make pasta for those who want it and quinoa for my boy cherub."
But when I told everyone of the plan, they all wanted quinoa.
But I wasn't willing to mess up to pots just to make me pasta.
So I made the quinoa and had every intention of just "dealing with it."
I placed all the ingredients on the counter for everyone to make their own quinoa bowl.
I was excited.
Roasted peppers and zucchini.
Oh. My. Word!
I loved it!
As in legitimately loved it!
The boy cherub asked if we could have that meal at least once a week.
Sure -- that sounded good at the time.
But by week three, everyone would be tired of it, no doubt!
After cleaning up from dinner, I began to research quinoa recipes.
Needless to say, I became inspired!
The next morning, I made a breakfast quinoa!
Truth be told -- I made a simple quinoa bowl for dinner the same night.
I was by myself, so it just made sense!
Quinoa is a grain and is naturally gluten free. It also packs a punch of protein and versatility.
Quinoa takes on the flavor profile of ingredients that you place with it.
Quinoa is a helper!
To cook quinoa:
1 cup quinoa
2 cups liquid: water, broth, juice
With a fine mesh strainer, place 1 cup of quinoa in the strainer and run under cold water for 2 minutes. This will remove the bitter flavor that can sometimes accompany quinoa.
In a medium sized sauce pan with a lid, place 2 cups of liquid and 1 cup of quinoa over medium heat.
I used 2 cups chicken stock for dinner.
I used 3/4 cup pineapple juice, 1/4 cup coconut milk, and 1 cup water for the breakfast quinoa.
Bring the mixture to a hard boil. Place a lid on the pan and reduce heat to low.
Cook for about 15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed.
Remove the lid and fluff the quinoa with a fork. Serve immediately or place in the refrigerator to cool.
To make a dinner bowl, use the above suggestions in the post.
To make a breakfast bowl, top with a smidge of maple syrup, chopped bananas, and warmed peanut butter for a delicious breakfast with real staying power.