Tonight I tried some quinoa (keen-wa) for the first time. I had heard all about it's health benefits and it's long term benefits. In fact the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has officially declared that the year 2013 be recognized as "The International Year of the Quinoa." So last time I was out I picked up a bag of organic quinoa to add to our food storage.
My family and I aren't very adventurous eaters. I usually stick to a meat and potatoes, what I can raise on the farm kind of meal. But sometimes I feel brave. Evidently I felt brave tonight.
From what I read, quinoa is a seed that is interchangeable with rice. Before cooking make sure it is rinsed well or it won't taste right. This bag came pre-rinsed.
It cooks much like rice. I boiled some in chicken broth to add extra flavor.
Nathan - "It feels like I'm eating fish eggs." The texture was different, but since I've never had caviar I can't compare.
Landon - "Give me more!"
John- "It really doesn't have a taste."
Jackie- "I don't want to eat this."
I have to agree with John. By itself it's pretty bland. I can see how it would be good in a salad or in a baked pudding similar to rice pudding. I think next time I'll make it with chicken and some kind of sauce.
Do you have a good quinoa recipe? If so please share!