Quinoa is a South American grain that is slowly making its way into the American menu. This grain imparts a lovely nutty flavor that is a welcome addition to the plate -- and its high fiber and protein content is good for you. Have begun using quinoa in place of rice for many sides including this one here. This recipe can easily be doubled for larger families or parties.
- Toast rinsed quinoa in medium saucepan for 5 minutes.
- Remove from pan.
- Add oil, onion, mushrooms and garlic to pan and cook until onions are soft, about 4 minutes.
- Add boiling water, peas and toasted quinoa to pot.
- Cover pot and simmer 15 minutes.
- Stir before serving.
- Note: edited on 5/30/05 to include covering pot in step 5.
Rinse until water is clear, usually two or three times. Roast quinoa. Griil mushrooms prior to adding to quinoa. Add extra pepper and Greek seasoning. Add frozen veggies the last five minutes.
This was my first taste of quinoa and I wasn't sure what to expect. The taste and consistency are reminiscent of brown rice. I added 5 small fresh basil leaves, 1 stalk of celery, and 1/2 of a green pepper, all minced. I didn't have any peas, so I used half a bag of frozen peas and carrots. We really enjoyed trying this new (to us) grain! I served this with baked salmon and it was the perfect accompaniment.
I'm Asian and always go for the rice. But this quinoa recipe was super!!! I now can change my white rice to a healthy fiber full quinoa! Husband and son loves this. I followed everything to the T, just added some yellow pepper for color and used frozen mixed carrots/peas in place of canned peas. Oh, I also added to the 2 cups of boiling water a chicken bouillon cube, rounded up the whole recipe IMO. Enjoy!!