Ramblings of a 30-something never-cooked-before mom of 2 that lost 60lbs 3-times over on WeightWatchers eating packaged, processed food-like substances, but wants to keep it off eating cleaner, real food found mostly in the outer aisles.
March 30, 2010
Keen on Quinoa
I watched Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution this weekend. If you haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend you watch it on hulu.com or abc.com. And then look up the school lunches in your area. Get informed. Sign a petition. Cook a meal yourself at home. Maybe try quinoa.
After watching, I promptly quizzed *S* on the veggies in our fridge. (Thank goodness we actually had veggies in there. Less than 2 months ago those drawers were filled with diet soda!)
One of the other cool things from the show...
JO gave out "I tried a new food" stickers to the kids during their lunch. We need those! And if we did have them *S* and *I* would have gotten them last night.
We made quinoa (KEEN-wah) and *S* and *I* had it for the first time. *S*'s review: "Mama this is AWESOME!" Two helpings of awesome!
Our quinoa came from Trader Joe's. I made it with chicken broth rather than water to give it a little more flavor and we had it with some leftover roast chicken and squash from our CSA.
Ingredients 1 c. quinoa 2 c. chicken broth
Directions Rinse the quinoa at least 3 times. Really massage them. It is very bitter if you don't wash it well. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for about 15-20 minutes.
I did an experiment - one on the stove and one batch in the rice cooker. I don't think I got the right amount of liquid in the rice cooker. (Yeah, I know, how do you screw up a rice-like-substance in a rice cooker?? That would be me.) So the rice cooker version was a tad nuttier.
The little balls were nuttier? *tee hee* I really did escape puberty, I swear!
Serve with anything that you where you would normally serve rice.
I think we will try it with some diced tomatoes and onions next time. Please comment; I'd love to hear your ideas!
So the tally.... NI: 160 cals/3g fat/3g fiber/6g protein Cost: The box was $3.99 with the chicken broth, it comes to $.34 per serving.