Thursday, February 7, 2013

Quinoa


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.


The verdict:

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!

7 comments:

  1. Never tried it. I might need to borrow some of that bravery you were talkin about first.;)

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  2. I like how you posted everyone's reaction. Mine would be similar I am afraid. ;)

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  3. Quinoa is just another substitute for rice. If you can use rice you can use quinoa. I don't mind it but then again I'm not a huge lover of rice either. My kids are more miss than hit with it too but then again they're not huge rice fans either.
    Check out www.quirkycooking.com.au - Quirky Jo cooks with a lot of alternative ingredients - dairy, grain, wheat free etc and she has a recipe for garlic quinoa which really adds something special if you like garlic. Like rice, it will absorb the flavours of what you cook it with like garlic, meat or veggie stock, etc. And I believe it is very easy to grow too. :) Chickens love it.

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  4. check out Rebel grain blog. she makes almost every meal with quinoa. My favorite way to eat right now is with some greek yogurt and a little crushed pineapple. Another good source for recipes is Oh My Veggies.

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  5. It has about as much flavor as cream of wheat (farina or wheatlets). So I tried it as a breakfast cereal with cream and brown sugar. Just as good. Hubby refused to try it. So, that is largely how I have it, for breakfast.

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  6. Quinoa and Black Beans
    1 tsp lard (or oil of choice)
    1 onion, chopped
    3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
    3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
    1 1/2 cup vegetable broth
    1 tsp ground cumin
    1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
    salt and pepper to taste
    1 cup frozen corn
    4 cups cooked black beans, rinsed and drained
    1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
    Heat lard in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Stir in onion and garlic, saute until lightly browned. Mix quinoa into sauce pan and cover with vegetable broth. Season with cumin, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Bring mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Stir in frozen corn and continue to simmer about 5 minutes until heated through. Mix in black beans and cilantro.
    Enjoy that qunioa- we love it!

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