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Where Does Quinoa Come From?

I love Quinoa. My mother introduced me to it, but it was GGC who taught me that quinoa is something you can eat a million ways and seventy times a week.

Ok, not that much. Everything in moderation.

My favorite way to eat quinoa is as breakfast (with hot milk, cinnamon, a sprinkle of brown sugar) or instead of pasta. It cooks up super fast, has tons of protein, tastes good, and is way better for you than pasta.

First you clean it. I rinse it the same way I rinse a bunch of grapes, only instead of a regular colander, I use a tiny mesh colander.

rinsed

Then I put it in a little pot with maybe a quarter inch of water on top of it. Like so:

just add water

You want to let it come to a nice boil over medium heat. When it boils, turn the heat way down, cover it, and let it simmer for ten to fifteen minutes. The water will soak into the seeds until they open and become almost transparent. They are surprisingly beautiful, strange looking little grains.

needs a fluffer

You just can’t tell in this picture.

We like to dish it out, then smother it in homemade pasta sauce and Asiago cheese. We eat it out on the balcony and watch the sun set. And when I try to take a photo of Mike with his wonderful quinoa dinner he says, “Seriously? I’m chewing.”

he is chewing


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  • Josey

    Oooh, I’ve never tried it for breakfast like that! I hate oatmeal – what a great idea.:-)

  • Josey

    Oooh, I’ve never tried it for breakfast like that! I hate oatmeal – what a great idea.:-)

    • http://ASeriousGirl.com Patricia Frost

      I always recommend it to peeps who hate oatmeal. It is SO delicious this way! :-)

    • http://ASeriousGirl.com Patricia Frost

      I always recommend it to peeps who hate oatmeal. It is SO delicious this way! :-)

  • http://www.kimskitchensink.com Kim’s Kitchen Sink

    Ooh! I’ve been getting into quinoa lately too! I’ve only bought red quinoa (at Trader Joe’s, in a box), and I’ve always followed the instructions to the T – nice to know that I could be a little more flexible in my prep! I tend to make it and serve it with veggies and stuff; I love stirring some veg and cheese into the pot in the last few minutes. Love the idea of using it as pasta though! Must try that soon! It’s also really good as a sort of “throw whatever’s leftover in the fridge in it” dish. Smoked chicken, some sort of cheese, whatever veggies are laying around. I usually make that with the leftover quinoa (or whatever rice I have extra of in the fridge).

  • http://www.kimskitchensink.com Kim’s Kitchen Sink

    Ooh! I’ve been getting into quinoa lately too! I’ve only bought red quinoa (at Trader Joe’s, in a box), and I’ve always followed the instructions to the T – nice to know that I could be a little more flexible in my prep! I tend to make it and serve it with veggies and stuff; I love stirring some veg and cheese into the pot in the last few minutes. Love the idea of using it as pasta though! Must try that soon! It’s also really good as a sort of “throw whatever’s leftover in the fridge in it” dish. Smoked chicken, some sort of cheese, whatever veggies are laying around. I usually make that with the leftover quinoa (or whatever rice I have extra of in the fridge).

    • http://ASeriousGirl.com Patricia Frost

      We just bought our first box of red quinoa, but I haven’t tried it yet. I wonder if it tastes different?

      Yes – I totally agree – it’s like lentils or cous cous or rice in that you can put just about anything in it and it’s SO FANTASTIC. And healthy. I never feel guilty eating quinoa because really, how can you gain weight eating vegetables and quinoa?

    • http://ASeriousGirl.com Patricia Frost

      We just bought our first box of red quinoa, but I haven’t tried it yet. I wonder if it tastes different?

      Yes – I totally agree – it’s like lentils or cous cous or rice in that you can put just about anything in it and it’s SO FANTASTIC. And healthy. I never feel guilty eating quinoa because really, how can you gain weight eating vegetables and quinoa?

      • http://www.kimskitchensink.com Kim’s Kitchen Sink

        Let me know if you notice a taste difference. I don’t think I do, but maybe
        I’m just used to the red stuff now :)

      • http://www.kimskitchensink.com Kim’s Kitchen Sink

        Let me know if you notice a taste difference. I don’t think I do, but maybe
        I’m just used to the red stuff now :)