Thursday, September 2, 2010

Day 18

Quinoa: I noticed this while shopping at Trader Joe's today, and I realized that I'd never tasted it. For those of you who don't know (which included me until a little while ago), quinoa is a grain that's made from the seeds of the quinoa plant. It's apparently very healthy, and can be prepared several different ways. I've seen it mentioned in magazines and on TV quite a bit lately, so I figured I'd give it a try.

This was a frozen, pre-prepared version, and it had some vegetables (sweet potato, zucchini) and spices/oil mixed in. It also included white and red quinoa, but I'm not sure I could tell any difference in the taste of each. The texture reminded me of couscous or rice, but with a nuttier edge to it. The quinoa seeds almost looked translucent after cooking, and I noticed a little sprout sticking out of each, which is apparently common. I really enjoyed it, and after a few days of binging on heavy food in Vegas, it was a tasty alternative to what I've been eating. I ate it as a side with some curry-marinated chicken and garlic naan bread, and it definitely complimented those flavors.

If anyone knows some good ways to prepare quinoa, please let me know - I'm interested in trying some different versions.


  1. Made fresh is WAY better. There are tons of good recipes online. My local organic deli makes a killer tabouleh with quinoa. It's sort of a Pacific Northwest staple.

  2. Make fresh (just like rice) and throw in anything you like. I like to add TJ's bruschetta and goat cheese. Stuff it in a pepper and add some parmesan, throw it in the oven to crisp up for a few minutes.

  3. Thanks for the advice, will try again soon!

  4. I agree with the others- make it fresh. Cooking it is the same ratio as water to rice. 1 to 2, so 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups water. Boil water, put in the quinoa, turn heat to simmer with the top on and check in 13-15 minutes. should be nice and fluffy. I love mixing black beans, corn, red bell peppers, jalapenos, cilantro in with the quinoa and adding a vinagrette of lime juice and olive oil.