Quinoa is a nice nutritious, protein-rich seed from Peru that is super popular recently. My dad was obsessed with finding it for a while (before it became the new popular super-grain), because he had it in Peru years ago and wanted to try it again. I am always trying to expand my horizons, trying new foods, so when quinoa became easier to find in regular grocery stores, I wanted to experiment with it. It is mostly bland, except for a bitter substance coating the outside, so it needs to be rinsed really well (until the rinse water is clear) and cooked with lots of other tasty things to be very delicious. You can find both red and white quinoa, there isn't really any flavor difference, so here I used red just for looks. This recipe is the only way so far that I can get Lovemuffin to eat quinoa.
|quinoa pilaf with celery, red bell peppers and carrots|
Saute 1-2 cups of the vegetables of your choice, such as onions, celery, carrots, peppers, mushrooms and squash in a large skillet with plenty of oil, until they are becoming tender. Add a lot of minced garlic and any other spices that will go with the vegetables you chose, let them fry in the oil until they become aromatic.
Add about 1 cup of well-rinsed quinoa, stir it up and let it get coated with oil and spices and the vegetables are distributed throughout, then add 2 cups of water or vegetable stock. Cover, bring to a boil, turn heat down and let it simmer until the water is all gone, and the quinoa seeds are soft. Add salt and pepper and maybe more olive oil to taste, then serve.