For the first cooking post of 2012, I wanted to use an ingredient
that I had never tasted before.
I don't know why it took me so long to try Quinoa ... I had heard and
read so many good things about it and had some in my pantry for
quite some time waiting for the right moment.
I think I was a tad afraid of Quinoa because I had no idea how to
pronounce it. Once I learned to say it with confidence the intimidation
disappeared. You may have to say it out loud a few times.
Quinoa is pronounced keh-NO-ah or sometimes keen-wah.
I guess we get to pick the sound we like.
Quinoa has the most protein of any grain and is a great source of
vitamins and minerals.
Here it is ...my first experience with quinoa.
It will not be my last ... I love the taste and texture.
Notice the little white threads that curl around the cooked quinoa seeds.
This is an easy stir fry recipe that I made in a non-stick fry pan.
Start with 2 ½ to 3 cups veggies, chopped, sliced or diced.
Today I had carrots, celery, peppers, onions and garlic on hand.
I cooked the quinoa separately and added it to the veggies
at the last. I couldn't wait for the first bite ... yummy ...
extra good because it's so healthy.
QUINOA AND VEGGIE STIR-FRY
Prepare quinoa by stirring in water with your hand. Carefully
pour off rinse water using a fine mesh strainer.
3/4 cup water or vegetable broth
¼ tsp. salt
½ cup quinoa
Measure water and salt into small saucepan. Bring to a boil;
add quinoa and stir. Cover with a tight fitting lid; reduce heat to simmer.
Cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
1 to 2 tbsp. olive oil
1 cup chopped carrots
½ cup chopped celery
½ cup sliced red bell pepper
½ cup sliced yellow bell pepper
¼ cup sliced green onions
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp. parsley flakes
Heat oil in large non-stick fry pan on medium. Add vegetables
and stir-fry until vegetables are tender-crisp.
If you want vegetables to be more soft, add 2 tbsp. water; cover and
cook to the desired tenderness.
Add cooked quinoa; cook and stir-fry until heated through.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Makes about 4 cups