Gluten free, dairy free, egg free … big on flavour!
Quinoa is a pseudo grain, so technically it’s grain-free too … quinoa has lots of protein!
(a complete protein with lots of amino acids for you body builders who know what that means, it’s your new best friend.)
Pronounced Keen-wah (Related to the beet & spinach family)
We cook the quinoa in the rice cooker – just like you would rice
Great as a side dish, or add in more protein (chick peas or meat) to make it a whole meal-in-a-bowl
Good hot, warm or cold – excellent for summer bbq picnics, potlucks, etc.
2 cups uncooked quinoa ( + 1 Tbsp butter or marg – we use Earth Balance Sticks – we cook ours in the rice cooker -same as rice)
1 cup cooked peas (or frozen & toss in the rice water) or drained canned chick peas (garbanzo beans)
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup toasted Almonds for Veggie
1/2 cup red onion finely diced (or Spanish/vidalia… even green onion in a pinch)
Meat option: 1 cup cooked meat – chicken or beef or can of salad shrimp (or cooked crab)
1/2 cup grapeseed oil (or salad oil ie: canola, sunflower, safflower, something light)
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (we use Bragg’s)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon curry powder (a friend makes ours mmm … thanks Rick! can double if you like more)
1 teaspoon salt (we use pink Andes mountain salt – more minerals than sodium)
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar (we use cane sugar)
1/4 cup toasted almonds – toss in on top last
Rinse quinoa (if not pre-rinsed it will have a bitter flavour)
Boil water for quinoa in deep pot – once boiling toss in butter and quinoa – stir – toss frozen peas on top (if 5 min or 20min rice… if longer, add peas in last 15 min of cooking time) … turn down to simmer… and cook as package directs (20 – 25 min total once rice is added – we like it fluffy) **If using red quinoa then cooking time is 35-40min
While waiting for quinoa…
Combine dressing ingredients (except for almonds) – once completed, add meat to dressing to let marinade.
Chop celery and onion – set aside.
Toast almonds and set aside.
Once quinoa is fully steamed – drain (if needed) and add celery, onions – stir. Add dressing & meat – stir. Pour into serving bowl – top with toasted almonds.
(or scoop out of pot onto plates and top with toasted almonds)
Great on a hot summers day when no one wants to turn on the oven.