Ugh. Quinoa? Again?

Time for something new, huh?

Here’s the thing with quinoa: cooked plain, I find it extremely boring. Great texture, and the health-kick stuff is all well and good, but c’mon, people, I need flavor. Here’s what I believe is a happy medium between plain quinoa ( = boring) and what seem to be a rash of overcomplicated, overthought quinoa recipes designed to pique general interest in it.

By the way, if just the word quinoa scares you (pronounced KEEN-wah), calm yourself. It’s as easy to cook as rice, and takes half the time.

Walnut Quinoa

Recipe for Walnut Quinoa
Recipe 173 of 365

Quinoa is an ancient grain native to South America, where the Incans called it “the mother grain,” presumably because they felt the benefits of its proteins. (Quinoa has more protein than any other grain, and contains all eight essential amino acids.)

Serve this as a basic side dish, or top it with roasted vegetables and serve it as a main course.

TIME: 20 minutes total
MAKES: 6 servings

1 cup dried quinoa
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup walnuts
2 tablespoons walnut oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Combine the quinoa, broth, and salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer, covered, until all the water has been absorbed and the grains have puffed up, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, place the walnuts on a baking sheet and toast for about 10 minutes, or until the skins begin to brown and lift off the nuts. Allow to cool slightly, then chop finely.

When the quinoa is done, stir in the chopped walnuts and walnut oil, and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve immediately.

3 Comments

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3 responses to “Ugh. Quinoa? Again?

  1. J Smith

    I have had a similar problem with quinoa. I got bored eating it with muesli and salad. Then I discovered this great mealy stuff avaliable in the UK. Bit like a quinoa tempeh, you can slice and dice it. All natural and organic, etc, etc and available in some good all natural flavours. Plus cooks well with just about anything. I like to eat it raw. There is more information on company website http://www.quinova.co.uk.

    Now all my friends need to carry it back for me from their UK visits.

  2. Interesting . . .I’ll have to check it out!

  3. Also great with oatmeal and raisins in the morning. I do 50/50 and makes a complete and healthy breakfast.

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