WannaBe Chef

Recipes and randomness from Amanda's kitchen.

Keen-what?? August 25, 2010

Filed under: Side dish — WannaBe Chef @ 7:02 pm

I’m back – twice in one day!  I had to return to share my adventures in QUINOA!  Have you ever had quinoa?  I’ve had it, but surprisingly never purchased or cooked it until now.  Quinoa has a neutral flavor, so it’s a pretty blank canvas.  To me, it’s like the texture of couscous with the chew of brown rice, then it has an added little *pop* when you bite down on it.  It’s very delicious.   

Curried Quinoa
Recipe slightly modified from HERE

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp EVOO
  • 1 cup finely chopped veggies – I used carrots, celery, onion, and red peppers
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp turmeric (**see comments down below)
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • garlic powder (maybe 1/2 tsp?)
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 3/4 cups water

Instructions:

  1. In a saucepan, saute the veggies in the oil until softened – about 5 minutes
  2. Add the ginger and dry quinoa, cook for 1 minute, stirring continuously
  3. Add the dry spices, cook for another 1 minute, stirring continuously
  4. Stir in the water, bring to a boil then reduce heat
  5. Simmer, covered, for about 15 minutes until water is absorbed

As the grains cook, you start to see a fine, white spiral emerge.  I think that’s what makes the quinoa *pop* in your mouth! 

I enjoyed this dish quite a bit.  It’s very hearty and healthy.  Next time, though, I think I’ll use a touch less turmeric as it has a very distinct flavor.  Wayne liked it too, although he had quite the time trying to pronounce “quinoa” haha.  I’m so lucky to have a husband that’s not the least bit picky when it comes to food.  He will eat anything you put in front of him, and often times he’ll dig right in before he even knows what he’s eating (like tonight!).  Alright folks, well I hope you give quinoa a try sometime!  Toodles for now 🙂

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