Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Chef Tuesday's: Delicious & Easy Quinoa

One thing everyone knows about me is that I love to cook. It's funny, because I just started experimenting in the kitchen a little over a year ago... and before that my skills consisted of salad and cereal. I started posting some of my recipes on my old blog, and since I'm always finding new things I figured I'd share something each week!

So, without further adieu...

Delicious and Easy Qunioa
I will admit, I have never ever cooked with quinoa until last night... so I didn't know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out a-mazing! Quinoa is a healthy food that is very similar to rice or cous cous. Best of all, it is gluten-free, cholesterol-free, and packed with all 9 essential amino acids. After last night, I can definintly see what all the hype is about!
Quinoa takes the flavor of whatever you're cooking it with, so I decided to boil mine in water with an added bouillion cube and it took about 15 minutes until it was done. While it was cooking, I sauteed onion and peppers with a little butter, garlic, and pepper. I added this mixture to the cooked quinoa, and paired it with steamed broccoli and a turkey burger.
Crappy picture-phone quality aside, this turned out to be really delicious and easy! The best part is it was healthy but it didn't taste like a typical health food. It was full of flavor, and a really great side that I'll definintly continue to use!
Here are some other ways to fix quinoa: Spiced, Mediterranean, and Stuffed.
Have you ever cooked with quinoa? Do you have any recipes to share? I'd love to hear from you!



  1. I cook my quinoa in either chicken or veggie stock - then once it's cool, I pour in 1/4 cup of Garlic Expressions Garlic Vinaigrette, crumbled feta, cherry tomatoes, red onions and cucumbers. YUM!

    1. YUM!! Next time I make this, I'm 100% using that recipe... sounds sooooo good! Thanks!

      xx, kara


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