Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Quickie Quinoa (See Jane Cook)

I really love to cook but don't get much of an opportunity to do so.  I travel constantly for work and am only really at home on the weekends (remember my sob pet story?).  Because of this schedule, I find it a tad pointless to go to the grocery store to loads of fresh (and perishable) food when come Monday morning, I'll be on the road again.  This past weekend, I had a different tune.  I went to the grocery store and picked my produce carefully, ensuring that I would use what I bought.  Long story short, I bought some quinoa and wanted to make it even healthier by adding fresh veggies.  It was one of the easiest things I've ever made and would make a quick dinner or health

To cook, bring 2 cups of low-sodium broth to a boil (you can use water, but I find broth gives it extra flavor) then add the quinoa and reduce to a simmer, cooking for 15 minutes.  Once cooked (no draining necessary), add ingredients of your choice.  I made up the recipe as I went along, just adding cherry tomatoes, garlic, basil, red pepper, onion, and parmesan.  I seasoned to taste with sea salt and fresh black pepper.

I feel healthier already.  What do you make in a pinch?


ChinkyGirLMeL said...

This does look healthy. And the tomatoes looks really good. =)

Ann Nichols said...

This looks GREAT! I'll try it. What do I make in a pinch? The old standby - Eggs and ham - not healthy but oh... my hubby never complains when it is served (not very often because... not healthy!)

Erica said...

Yum, looks wonderful! My go to quickie meal is chicken teriyaki. I buy the Trader Joe’s frozen brown rice and cook up some chicken breast with the Trader Joe’s Soyaki sauce add some veggies and I’m done!
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Melissa said...

Well...I don't cook. :) I burn water. I do, however, think this looks amazing so I sent it to my husband for him to cook.

Nikki said...

This looks awesome!! love the photos.

I need to try making quinoa again. I love it so much, but my husband thinks it tastes "too healthy"


Couture Carrie said...

Yummy post, darling!


Taylor said...

YUMMM! I have never made Quinoa...not even sure I know exactly what it is but it looks like yummy brown rice! Gonna need to try!

I love heading to Trader Joes for easy quick and healthy weeknight meals!

Collette Osuna said...

This looks great...I have some dried at home...just never bothered to make it once I heard the horror stories of how difficult it is to do..I may just have to give it another try thanks to you:)

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this free bird said...

This looks awesome. I'm a fan of the quinoa given the gluten-free life. It's a lifesaver. Your pictures are soooooo good - that camera was a smart investment. Someday my wallet will open the permits again, but for now it is closed :(

In a pinch I make quinoa pasta and toss it in fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic. Super yummy and quick!


Josie said...

Oooh, this looks SO tasty! When I'm at home, Kraft mac and cheese is for sure my staple. Terrible for you, but so delicious. At school, I rarely cook and just try to keep apples and peanut butter around to keep me going!
xo Josie

Closet Fashionista said...

Oooh quite tasty!!! My mommy usually makes the food in my house so I don't have to worry about it, haha. But when I have to make something I just do chicken, mmmmm

Ashley [Free Honey] said...

This looks good and more importantly, easy! I don't think I've ever actually had quinoa. I do know it's healthy, so I'm glad to hear it's tasty, too.

Also, I love the shot below of you and your fiance! It's so cute :)

Alicia said...

I love quinoa! It's a go to meal for me. I especially love adding cucumbers, tomatoes and feta for a greek-esque meal.

SMASH said...

The super grain from South America! What you made looks so good :)



Wow - that looks great. And my husband would love it too!

Valerie said...

Quinoa is definitely my new favorite quick and easy meal! Yours looks so healthy and delicious. I'm actually making a greek quinoa salad for dinner tonight.