Quite a few years ago I had my first taste of quinoa (keen-waah) at a resaurant at Ward Center, the french chef’s name escapes me, but he also had a place on Kauai. He served the quinoa with a rack of lamb. I’ll eat a rack with anything. But what a treat that I discovered in quinoa.
Fast forward many years later. Quinoa is now available in bulk at Costco. I am on my third bag now. Lucky we live Hawaii, the land where everyone has a rice cooker in the kitchen. Quinoa comes out light and fluffy from my rice cooker. I add two cups water to one cup quinoa, some Hawaiian salt and a glunk of olive oil. Turn on the rice cooker and let it become its fluffy self.
It’s a bit bland, but it adapts well to other recipes. Today I brought it to the Good For You potluck we are having at work today as an alternative way to increase fiber in the diet. So I made Quinoa Tabouli. <<<—That’s a link to my Twitpic!
For Weight Watchers participants like me, here are the facts we need to know about quinoa:
Per cooked half cup:
Fat 2 grams
Fiber 2 grams
Protein 4.5 grams
4 cups quinoa
8 cups water
Salt & Pepper
Options? Whatever you want to add: chopped cucumbers, bell peppers, olives, celery…
Cook first four ingredients in rice cooker or pot, fluff, let cool.
Coarsley chop tomato, green onion, mint, optional vegetables and place in large bowl. Douse with lemon juice and olive oil, salt and pepper, herbs de provence are a nice added touch.
Pour the vegetables over the quinoa and gently toss. May serve immediately or chill and serve the next day. I like it best fresh and at room temperature. The tomatoes and mint like it, too.
Glad some of you requested the recipe! I hope I convert some of you to quinoa fans!
The chef was Jean Marie Josselin. Was that the time we went on your birthday, when the the-state attorney general — who apparently shares your birthday — was also there for a birthday dinner? But I digress. I hope the Good for You Potluck was good for you. And now I’m hungry.
Never thought of cooking it in a rice cooker. A must try!
That’s right, John! Margery Bronster shares a birthday with me. That was a very good rack! LOL.
Aren’t you glad I brought home the leftovers?
it was delicious!!! thanks for bringing a whole big bowl….. and now I’m gonna try to make it for my family!!!
This sounds amazing!
The other day I made a vegetarian meatloaf and I used oatmeal and quinoa– and it was incredible because the quinoa made it taste nutty.
And I LOVE that quinoa is a complete protein. You just can’t go wrong! (and I also love this idea of using a rice cooker! Talk about making life simpler… :))