One more time, I am reaching…trying to push the limits for my family. Aren’t we all sick and tired of rice, couscous, pasta (that’s a difficult one for me…I LOVE pasta)…my point is: time for a little something fresh and different. I do love quinoa. It is very healthy and pretty darn easy to make. Got water? Got Quinoa? here’s your side!
I did have to sell it pretty hard to Mr. Man. He kept on saying: “like rice? is it cheaper? kind of like pasta?” Alright, enough with the questions dude, it’s good for you. Oh! look, you can put dried pepper flakes on it. He was sold. The girls didn’t complain, ate it but didn’t ask for seconds…no fuss no muss…
I truly enjoyed it. I like the different textures, the tartness of the greens and the beautiful colors. I can’t wait for leftover lunch tomorrow!
What is Quinoa: (as per the “wise geek”)
Though not technically a grain, quinoa can substitute for nearly any grain in cooking. Actually the seed of a leafy plant, quinoa’s relatives include spinach, beets and Swiss chard. Due to its delicate taste and rich amounts of protein, iron, potassium and other vitamins and minerals, it is quite popular. It is also a good source of dietary fiber and is easily digested.
Quinoa is an ancient crop that grows in poor soil, dry climates and even mountain altitudes. It is native to the Andes, but is also grown in South America and the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Although it can grow in arid conditions, it thrives best in well-drained soil. You should be able to find quinoa in health food stores and larger supermarkets.
Here you have it!
1 cup quinoa
2 cups vegetable broth
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cups greens: collard, mustard, etc…spinach would also be delicious in this.
splash of hot sauce (optional but sooooo delicious)
1/2 medium onion diced
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup white wine (or broth if you prefer)
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper
In a large pot bring your vegetable broth to a boil. Add your quinoa and bring back to a boil. Reduce heat and cover for 15 minutes or until all liquids have been absorbed. “Fluff” with a fork, cover and set aside.
In a large saucepan heat your olive oil. Add your onion, garlic, salt and Pepper. Cook on medium-low heat until soft and fragrant. 4-5 minutes. Add you wine and hot sauce. Bring to a gently boil, 1-2 minutes. (you do not want to reduce this but simply get it very hot) Add your greens, toss to coat with wine and onion mixture. Cook for 2-3 minutes and add your cooked quinoa to your pan. Cook for another 3-4 minutes. Check your seasoning. You may want to add a touch more salt and pepper. Finally add your parmesan cheese, toss everything together and serve.
So delicious, easy and healthy:
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Peace and greens,