I *heart* Quinoa

I know that I have had quinoa before, but I don’t remember it being so gooood! I got the recipe for this quinoa salad from my May/June 2006 issue of Vegetarian Times. It’s really simple. I just cooked the quinoa* and added a delicious dressing of fresh parsley, mint, lemon, olive oil and topped with pistachios. It was so yummy. I imagine that quinoa would be great with any kind of dressing.

Quinoa Salad

*Toast 1 cup in dry pan for 3 minutes, add 2 cups water and a dash of salt. Simmer for 15 minutes. Toasting quinoa before cooking gives it a nuttier flavor.

This last week I have been inspired to try a few new dinners. 1) Tomato, Corn & Basil Soup (cold) with mandarin orange salad & balsamic dressing, 2)Vegan “meat”ball subs with spinach salad, and 3) Creamy spinach and corn Enchiladas w/ spanish rice.

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Tomato, Corn & Basil Soup Vegan-ball subs creamy vegan enchiladas
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4 Responses to I *heart* Quinoa

  1. rebecca says:

    Right now it is 7pm…exactly on the nose. I am cooking dinner. Steak tips, but I shouldn’t tell you that. While they are slowly cooking after I have seared them, on both sides, I am enjoying a blog or two. But good golly, you should work as a photo person for restaurant marketing. Your food picks are just beautiful, or maybe you should be a chef, cause your presentation is really enjoyable.

    Not just kissing butt, cause when I come to visit, I do expect my meals to look that gorgeous!!!! I just can’t believe the beauty in a meatlessball sub, and that soup, I don’t care if it is cold, I don’t like cold soups, but I would eat that one right off the monitor. And to melt my heart the words creamy spinach….ah, I am lusting right now!

  2. Sarah Scott says:

    I have never had quinoa! Looks very yummy! I am going to try making enchiladas with your recipe! I love spinach enchiladas!

  3. Vicki says:

    i love quinoa, but i’ve never toasted it before ~ actually never heard of that being done. yes siree, i’ll be trying that out! thanks for the idea.

  4. Vicki says:

    wait, do you rinse the quinoa before toasting to get rid of the bitterness?

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