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I think this may be my first quinoa recipe. I haven't jumped on the quinoa train fully because, I'm sure you've noticed like me, every time I grab a pack of it and debate whether or not to buy it, it's a pricy little grain! Oh but that that super power greatness packed into those little pearls. It was only a matter of time before quinoa made it onto our dinner plates. The only surprise here was that it took this long.
Perhaps it was the lack of potatoes in our dinner menu. Since Lee and Hannah are both off potatoes, it has meant some interesting twists on our regular meals. Or, perhaps it was the influence of my awesome colleague's love for cooking, ahem Alicia, (this is most definitely it). Never the less, quinoa has finally made it to our cupboards. And, as I assumed, it's about as hard to cook as rice (which if you ate rice as much as we do, you'd be totally cool with that level of difficulty) and you can make it taste pretty yummy. Enter quinoa to the regular grocery list.
I'm starting off with a simple salad recipe. It was a crowd pleaser the other day at a family dinner, so I figure it's a great place to begin. Quinoa seems to be pretty versatile, eat it cold or eat it hot. I think I actually prefer it hot, straight outta the pot. Go figures. I'm the same way with rice.
So, if you're new to quinoa and want to get that super power grainy greatness into your life, here's a great place to start.
Simple Quinoa Salad
Total time: 15 minutes + sitting time to let it do it's flavour thing
2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup quinoa
about a cup or so of halved grape tomatoes
about a cup or so of chopped cucumber
Handful of chopped, pitted black olives
Other fresh veggies of choice!
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp vinegar
squeeze of 1 lemon
1 tbsp honey
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
sea salt/pepper to taste
What to do:
1) Cook quinoa. Bring vegetable broth to a boil. Add quinoa. Reduce heat to simmer, cover, and let sit for about 12 minutes, until quinoa is done. Fluff with fork. Remove from heat.
2) Add cooked quinoa, tomatoes, cucumber, olives, and any other veggies you'd like to a large salad bowl.
3) Whisk together rest of ingredients in a small bowl or shake together in a mason jar. Pour over salad and stir to evenly combine.
4) Gets better with time, so let it sit for about 30 minutes if you can before serving. Enjoy!
We really cooked these things. From scratch. On weeknights. And we even had time to do the dishes.
They have real, simple ingredients that you'll find in your cupboards. They're healthy and delicious. No lies.
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