Quinoa, oh Quinoa. I searched hard for this stuff as there has been heap of talk about the stuff. First I had to google how to pronounce it as asking store employee’s for it can be embarrassing if said wrong..then I had to know what it was because the store employees would ask me WHAT IT WAS. I had to at least act like I knew what I was talking about. Thank heaven’s for google, aye.
definition: is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal, or grain, as it is not a member of the grass family. As a chenopod, quinoa is closely related to species such as beets, spinach, and tumbleweeds.
Beth’s Definition…”it’s kinda like a mix between rice and couscous.” (and yes that’s how I talk, raised by a farmer thank you!)
qui·noa/ˈkēnwä/ pronounced: k ee n – w ah
And you can listen to this audio pronunciation of Quinoa at youtube.
Ok, enough about that. Uh..one last thing..it is defined as a “species”..I just had to throw that out there. Alright so far I have burnt it once, cooked it wrong once (didn’t follow package directions-raise your hand if you have ever done this), over heated next day in microwave (not encouraged) and make it perfect once. The one time it was perfection is pictured above..and it was awesome. The next day for lunch however I cooked in microwave for over 1 min and it was ruined. Clumps stuck together and it was just plain WEIRD. I threw this recipe together myself with some leftover relish tray from Mother’s Day. It includes carrots, red and green peppers, red onions, garlic, ginger, and soy sauce..and and a bit of cooking Sherry.
I cooked my Quinoa in water but in a lot of recipes it is encouraged to add boiling chicken broth to it for great flavor. And yes that sounds great but I was out….
Oh shoot..I almost forgot this NOTE: you must rinse Quinoa in cold water before using.
- 1 TBLS Olive Oil
- 1/4 cup Red Onions
- 1 cup Red Peppers
- 1 cup Green Peppers
- 2 Carrot stalks, peeled and cut lengthwise
- 1 fresh Garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 cups Quinoa
- fresh grated Ginger (about 1 tsp)
- Dash of Soy Sauce
- Sea Salt
- Cut up all veggies lengthwise + the onions and add to 1 tbls olive oil in pan. Cook until tender then add garlic. Then boil 1 1/2 cups water or broth. Add Qunioa after you get a rapid boil and then cover and cook on med for 12 minutes. In the meantime I blanched my veggies with 1/4 or less of cooking Sherry then repeated with water until they had some darkness to them. Yum. After the Quinoa is done I added some fresh Arugula to my plate, topped with the Quinoa, then stir-fry mix, then grated some ginger on top and splashed with Soy Sauce. Adding a squeeze of lime right here might be good too! Salt/pepper and there is your dinner. Took me 30 minutes to do this.