Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Losing my Quinoa Virginity!

So a few months back I took the plunge and gave into the hype surrounding Quinoa. For those of you not 100% familiar with Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah), check out Chatelaine Magazine for more on its benefits. It really is a great little grain-like friend to have in your kitchen. It's as versatile as rice and pasta, and can be so easily infused with flavour!

Though I will admit, it was a bit of a struggle to find at the grocery store. It took 3 failed shopping trips, scouring the aisles of 2 separate supermarket chains, to finally stumble across it in the Organics section. Heads up - check there first!

Once acquired, I put the quinoa to work in a recipe I found in my absolute favourite cookbook, The Looneyspoons Collection. More specifically it was entitled: 'Moroccan and Rollin' Quinoa Salad. This was a delicious salad with so much flavour, I cant wait to make it again! Enjoy.

The Looneyspoons Collection Moroccan and Rollin' Quinoa Salad

  • 1 cup uncooked Quinoa
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup dried currants
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp liquid honey
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup canned no-salt-added chickpeas, drained & rinsed
  • 1/2 cup each finely chopped red bell pepper, grated carrots and peeled, diced English cucumber
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onion
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

  1. In a medium pot, combine first 8 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer approximately 20 minutes or until the quinoa has absorbed all liquid.
  2. Remove from heat & let stand covered for 10 minutes. 
  3. Fluff with a fork and leave uncovered until completely cool.
  4. When quinoa is completely cool, transfer to large mixing bowl. Stir in all remaining ingredients. Mix well and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving. 
The book states 'Tastes even better the next day' and trust me it does! A great idea for a summer pot luck or BBQ.

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