Friday, January 3, 2014
In keeping with my goals for 2014, I made this salad for dinner. I want to explore more grains, seeds and nuts in my diet this year. The salad has spinach, roasted tomatoes, roasted beets, toasted walnuts, blue cheese, green onions, quinoa and a olive oil/raspberry balsamic vinaigrette. I was going to use Kale for the green but the only kale I found looked past its prime and the spinach looked like it came out of the ground this morning. I would have perferred a feta cheese but I have some blue cheese that needs to be used up.
Now about the Quinoa...this is the first time I have cooked it or eaten it and I'm not sure how I feel about it. I know it is suppose to be the super food of 2013 and I don't doubt that it is nutritional. Every cooking magazine seems to have a recipe or a whole article about quinoa. I think it is kind of like bulgar wheat or couscous or pasta. It is a mop for the other flavors you put with it.
You may be surprised that I found quinoa in San Miguel. Bonanza had it. Boxes of red or black of quinoa for $189 pesos and a couple of varieties of flavored packets for about $65 pesos. I forgot to look but I think the boxes held 12 or 16 ounces.
If you have cooked quinoa, tell me what you think of it and how you use it. What is your favorite recipe with quinoa? And someone, please tell me what you have to pay for quinoa in Central Market or Whole Foods in the USA.