Quinoa is a food trend that is delicious and healthy. It is as versatile and as easy as rice. This recipe is a perfect side dish to a spicy entree like jerk chicken, Hot wings or Spicy Lime and Honey Chicken. Try incorporating it into some of your weekday dishes. For ease and clean up I make mine in my rice cooker.
3 c water
1 1/2 cup quinoa
1/2 c chopped mango
1/2 t chopped garlic
1/4 c chopped cilantro or parsley ( I used a combination)
1/4 c crumbled Queso Fresco Cheese or Feta
1/4 t salt
1/8 t pepper
2 t olive oil
Add water and quinoa to the rice cooker and turn on, when quinoa is finished pour into a large bowl and add remaining ingredients, stir and serve.
Yes I am jumping on the quinoa band wagon too. Why not, it is easy to prepare, full of protein, and cholesterol and gluten-free. It even tastes better than rice. What is quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah), it is actually a seed but is easily prepared as a grain, like rice. In fact I made mine right in my rice cooker, same amount of water and time as rice too (1 part quinoa, 2 parts water).
It came out, light and fluffy, like a cross between couscous and rice. I added some salt a squeeze of lime and some chopped cilantro.
Since we love curry at my house I made red curry with chicken and served over the top.
Red Thai Curry with Chicken
1 lb chicken cutlets, sliced into thin strips
2-3 T oil
2 c chopped broccoli
1 c match stick or sliced carrots
1/2 c peas
1/2 onion sliced thin
1 t chopped garlic
2 t red curry paste
1 can coconut milk
2 c quinoa
4 c water
2 t cilantro chopped
juice of 1 lime
add quinoa and water to rice cooker and turn on.
Heat a large skillet over med high heat, add 2 T oil, add chicken and onion and cook until browned, add garlic, broccoli and carrots, cook 2 minutes, scoot chicken and veggies to the sides of the pan, making a well in the middle. add curry paste and cook 1 minute, add coconut milk and stir to combine. lower heat to low add peas and cover for about 3 minutes. When quinoa is done cooking, add lime juice salt and chopped cilantro, serve curry mixture over quinoa.
Try some quinoa in place of rice or pasta in your favorite recipe.