On my list of recipes to try this year is quinoa. I have never cooked (in fact, never even tasted) quinoa. So this evening I took the big leap and decided to cook with it. Since I did not know what it tasted, I decided to keep it simple by adding a few vegetables cooking it in some chicken broth to add some taste.
I was very pleased with the results. The quinoa tasted great hot, but I wanted to try a salad so that I could take it to work the next day. I was very happy with this first go around. Here is the recipe of ingredients I threw together.
1 cup quinoa
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup diced peppers (I used a combination of orange and green)
½ cup sliced cherry tomatoes
½ cup purple onion, chopped
2 tablespoons italian dressing
Place the uncooked quinoa and 2 cups of chicken broth in a saucepan. The quinoa looked like bird seed to me, I was surprised how small it was.
Cover and simmer about 11-13 minutes. It should look like this.
Let it sit a minute and fluff. When quinoa cools, add remaining ingredients.
Chill at least 1 hour.
Have you oooked with quinoa before?