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Some kick arse quinoa…

Me weekend was spent in a hot and heavy relationship with about 20 bowls of this…

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I’m pretty much obsessed with quinoa lately. I love the texture, taste, and especially the nutritional value. According to good ole Wikipedia…

In contemporary times, this crop has become highly appreciated for its nutritional value, as its protein content is very high (18%). Unlike wheat or rice (which are low in lysine), and like oats, quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans, making it a complete protein source. It is a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron. Quinoa is gluten-free and considered easy to digest.

My mother-in-law gave us her AMAZING sundried tomato & mushroom quinoa salad recipe, so the hubby & I (okay, maybe not I) cooked up a batch and I have been so obsessed with it that I wanted to share it with you. The hubby also took the liberty of adding a couple twists of his own which sent this salad over the top…

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups quinoa (rinsed thoroughly… although we forgot to do this, but ate it anyway… and we’re still alive)
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth (or just water if you’re a veg)
  • 1 package of sundried tomatoes (not in a can… in a bag)
  • 1/2 cup minced garlic
  • 3 small lemons (zest & juice)
  • A bunch of chopped green onionΒ 
  • A bunch of chopped cilantroΒ 
  • Big-o pile of chopped fresh basil
  • 8-10 chopped medium sized crimini mushrooms (or whatever kind you like)
  • Splash of olive oil
  • Splash of white wine (optional)
  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)
(Sorry I don’t have exact measurements for the herbs… just use as much as your heart desires.)
What ya do:

Bring chicken broth to boil, add quinoa, reduce to simmer, cover & cook for 20 minutes. Set aside. Heat olive oil in skillet. Add green onions, garlic, mushrooms & sundried tomatoes. Throw in a splash of white wine (if ya have it on hand). Cook about 5 minutes. Mix in basil, cilantro, lemon, salt & pepper. Toss with cooked quinoa. Chill (or don’t) and dig in!

This recipe can serve like 25 people, but Andy and I devoured it in 2 days. It’s pretty dang healthy, so no guilt here!
My next goal is to figure out a way to get Leila to eat some quinoa. She continues to be a crazy-picky eater and since she pretty much won’t touch meat, quinoa would be a good way for her to get some healthy protein. I’m thinking it may be good prepared like oatmeal… some cinnamon, a little maple syrup and some milk. Maybe she’ll go for that. I’ll keep ya posted.
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13861153057200368753 beckyj @ A Lazy Crazy Life

    Minus the onions and cilantro, that looks tasty! Although, Lorelai and I are the only ones in my family who will actually eat quinoa :( I’ve never done anything fancy with it like your recipe though! And I’ve never rinsed my quinoa ever. Didn’t even realize that was a thing…oops!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13994615202195955549 Ariel @ Dreams To Do

      Picky eater, Becky? :-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12967233476054481334 Emily Peck

    Thanks for the recipe! I need to incorporate more of this into my diet! :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13994615202195955549 Ariel @ Dreams To Do

      Yeah, I’ve just started eating it and I really like it and it’s so much better for you than rice! Try it!