Last week I threw a package of red quinoa into my basket at the grocery store without really thinking too hard about it. Then I got to the checkout and found out that it was $7.00! I got it anyway, since I figured it would last awhile and I could use it for my work lunches.
Quinoa is great because it’s so versatile, and can even be used in sweet dishes, like Cocomama breakfast cereal. It’s high in protein, fiber, B vitamins, folate, and magnesium. And who couldn’t use a little extra magnesium in their life? 😉
And boy did I use it. I managed to put together the strangest combinations of ingredients that I found in my fridge.
Quinoa with tuna salad, broccoli, carrots, and feta.
Then there was:
Quinoa with chick peas, cucumbers, carrots, feta, and parsley.
Quinoa with stir-fried tempeh, carrots, hummus, feta, and parsley
I think I need to take a break from this quinoa thing. I love it dearly, but I think I’ve had enough.
At least I got my $7.00 worth – I still have some of the package left!
Any ideas on how I can use the rest of this quinoa in a different way? I think I’m turning orange from all of these carrots…
Before I moved to DC, I splurged on a bunch of non-perishables from G-Free NYC, including a packet of Cocomama Quinoa Cereal. In the days when I was moving in, convenience was paramount for meals. So this was a great option, as you basically just tear open the packet, nuke it, and squish it into a bowl. I got the Banana Cinnamon (with a hint of Maple) variety. But they also have Orange Cranberry, Honey Almond, and Wild Blueberry to choose from.
Now, whoever was the photographer for the pictures on their website must be a regular Ansel Adams, because mine did not end up looking anything like theirs.
Mine looks about five shades darker, and I also just squirted it out right from the package, so it doesn’t have that nice fluffy-looking texture.
As far as how this stuff tastes – it is VERY rich. It must be the coconut milk and maple syrup, but it sticks in your mouth and gut like peanut butter. You’ve got to have a big tall glass of cold milk on hand to have with this.
I do like that they have found a way to make quinoa into a sweet dish, since I haven’t seen that done successfully. They use simple ingredients, and have also kept the consumer in mind by making it extremely easy to prepare. For those mornings when you don’t feel like dirtying dishes or doing prep work, these are a great solution.
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