I picked up a box of quinoa at TJ's & I'm thinking of making some for dinner tonight. I was figuring I could saute up some veg & mix together w/ some boiled quinoa. Not very original, I know. Anyone got any ideas on something a little more daring?
Here's one I like similar to tabooleh, only a lot better IMO.
Border Grill Quinoa salad
1 1/2 cups quinoa
1-2 cucumbers, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch dice
1 small red onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1 bunch Italian parsley, leaves only, chopped
2 bunches mint, leaves only, chopped
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
Juice of 1 lemon
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 romaine lettuce leaves
Bring 3 quarts of water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the quinoa, stir once and return to a boil. Cook, uncovered, over moderate heat 10 minutes. Strain and rinse well with cold water. Shake well to remove all moisture.
When dry, transfer the quinoa to a large bowl. Add the remaining salad ingredients and toss well.
I like to make a quinoa pie - just cook the quinoa as you normally would, bind with egg and desired seasonings, and pack into a greased pan. Add a layer of seasoned veggies/meat/cheese of your choice, pack on another layer of quinoa, brush with an egg wash/butter/nuts/cheese and bake. The leftovers are even better!
I love quinoa made into a pilaf: saute your veggies (carrots, celery, onion, peppers, garlic, etc) in flavorful oil or butter, add some chicken or shrimp, add the grain and toast it in the pan with the meat and veggies until fragrant, then pour in hot salted stock (it should boil right away), cover, reduce the heat, and come back in 20 minutes for a most satisfying quick meal. Just tweak the seasonings with S/P/lemon/herbs/etc.
You might try it for breakfast sometime--great start to the day!
I cook it in soy milk with loads of cinnamon. Serve it over cut up apple or pear, and topped with ground flax, hempseed and a handfull of nuts. tasty and healthy. you don't have to use all of these ingrediennts-that's just my trying to pack lots of nutrients into one dish.
Generally, I'll make a batch of this and store in individual containers--easy to grab, heat, and go, too. With a few of those in the freezer, I'm all set on busy monrings!
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I second the breakfast idea. It's a nice alternative to oatmeal. I tend to cook mine in juice (usually apple juice) and serve it with some nuts and diced dried fruits. I also highly recommend the recipe with black beans and tomato. Even my anti-anything-that might be healthy SO loved it.
Here's something a little different...the ingredient list is long but the result is delicious. The same stuffing is good in bell peppers, but that requires a little more work cleaning the peppers etc.
Plum Tomatoes Stuffed with Quinoa, Corn & Goat Cheese
(Adapted from my friend Caryn’s Mom’s friend Grete’s recipe).
2 c water, plus 2 T, divided
½ t kosher salt, plus a pinch, divided
1 c quinoa, rinsed well
3 T extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 bunch scallions, including 2 inches of the greens, thinly sliced
2 jalapenos, finely diced, seeded if desired
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 t ground cumin
2 cups fresh corn kernels (from about 3 ears) or frozen, thawed
8 oz spinach leaves
½ c chopped fresh cilantro
8 oz goat cheese
Freshly ground pepper to taste
½ c white wine
25 plum tomatoes
Bring 2 cups water to a boil in med saucepan. Stir in ½ t salt & quinoa. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until the grains are tender & reveal their spiraled germ, about 15 min.
Preheat oven to 400
Heat 1 T oil in a wide skillet over med heat. Add scallions & jalapenos; cook, stirring, until softened, about 2 min. Add garlic, cumin, corn, spinach & 2 T water & cook, stirring occasionally, until the spinach is wilted, about 1 minute. Add wine and cook for 2 more minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a large bowl. Add the quinoa, cilantro, & goat cheese. Combine with a spatula.
Halve tomatoes, scoop out insides. Scoop in quinoa mix. Place in a baking dish, drizzle with s&p & evoo, sprinkle with cilantro and broil for 15 minutes. Serve warm. Yum.
Hi.. I made this last night and it was awesome. Excluded the jalapeno pepper since I was feeding it to my toddlers but I can see why you'd typically want to include it. Just the stuffing without the tomatoes was great (which was how I gave it to my toddlers) but I might try stuffing cherry tomatoes for them. This is DEFINITELY a keeper - thank you so much for sharing.
I stuffed zucchini with quinoa along a similar tack and I was also quite pleased...I've been trying to use quinoa as a substitute for rice or couscous and with the zucchini it was actually even better than either of those. I used roasted green chiles, corn, and tomatoes in the stuffing, and then sprinkled tortillas on the top.
Oooh, I just tried that same recipe two weeks ago. And I made another big batch last week for my lunches! It's a wonderful recipe. The extra steaming that the recipe calls for seems superfluous at first, but it yields such fluffy quinoa! It's a great recipe - definitely give it a try!
I made a version of this recipe, for my very health-conscious sister for the Fourth of July. No oil or butter. We added some mango and peach and corn (grilled would be good) to the scallions, cilantro, grape toms, black beans, lime juice and zest (lots of that). Cooking the quinoa in broth greatly improves the flavor, and it tasted fantastic. This is a great dish to bring to a potluck, popping with color and unusual flavors.