Wednesday, March 9, 2011


I recently discovered quinoa and it's quickly become one of my favorite go-to foods. Simple to prepare and versatile, it cooks up similar to cous cous, but with a slightly crunchier texture. Here are a few of the recipes I've tried so far (two of the three are from my new favorite cook book- more on that coming soon).

Lime and Black Bean Quinoa

This is a mixture of quinoa (I used the red variety here), black beans, scallions, lime juice, and feta cheese. This recipe couldn't be easier- basically just boiling water and mixing ingredients together.

Cranberry Quinoa Plate

This is definitely not the most photogenic of dishes, but I promise that it was really very tasty. A mixture of quinoa, tofu, dried cranberries, basil, and toasted almonds with a balsamic dressing, it's an unexpected combination of ingredients that actually work really well together. It would be great as a cold salad in the summer.

Mushroom and Quinoa Burgers

Poor planning on my part left me without any kind of buns, rolls, or even bread in the house when I made these, so just photoshop one in with your mind. The burgers are made form a mixture of quinoa, chopped mushrooms, onion, bread crumbs, dijon mustard, and soy sauce. When they cook up, they have a consistency similar to a falafel. I served them with homemade sweet potato fries with a barbecue dipping sauce.


  1. yummy- those look tasty! i've been putting off trying quinoa for about a year now... do you buy it in the bulk section? organics?

  2. Have you tried quinoa for breakfast? I basically accessorize it like I would oatmeal with some brown sugar, raisons, and a few nuts. It's pretty awesome. I'm definitely looking to try out some of your recipes!

  3. i've been experimenting the kitchen as of late. my dish of curried pea mash today was not so great, but tomorrow i'm gonna try sweet potato pancakes. now adding quinoa to the list. have you ever had pasta made from quinoa? it's lovely!



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