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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Q.U.I.N.O.A. Pop quiz - what is it????

Until recent months, I had never heard of this grain that is harvested in the Andes Mountain of South America.  A shopping trip from Costco (we love Costco in this house!) brought this wonderful grain home to us.  See what happens when you go shopping with others!  Have you ever had couscous?  Well, it's not quite like a rice and not like a pasta (technically it is a pasta though).  Well, quinoa is different as well.  I'm not sure how to describe it - just try it.  It's worth a try!  So tonight we had quinoa with our dinner.  And thanks to a past dinner with my sister in law, our quinoa had sauteed spinach, onions, feta cheese and gala apple chunks in it.  I would have never dreamed this combination would have been so yummy!  The Teen adores this dish - literally gets giddy when she see quinoa on the range.
And here is a life tip, cook once, eat twice.  Last night we had rice.  I now have a quart bag of rice frozen in the freezer for a future night of stir fry.  Same with the quinoa.  I cooked enough to freeze. 
About a month ago, Teen made quinoa lasagna for our meatless meal.  It wasn't my favorite but it was exciting to try something so different.  And quinoa is SO GOOD for you!  Gluten free and is a complete protein.
Check it out - this might be a great dinner one night!

1 can peeled tomatoes or
   4 roma tomatoes, chopped
1 lb hamburger or veggie burger
2-8 oz cans tomato sauce
3 cups quinoa, cooked
1/4 lb mozzarella cheese, crumbled
1/4 lb parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp salt
2 tsp oregano
1 cup onion, minced
1/2 lb ricotta cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced

Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil until browned. Add hamburger, cook until browned. Add tomato sauce, tomatoes, salt and oregano. Simmer. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put layer of this sauce in bottom of 13x9x2-1/2" baking dish, following with layer of quinoa and layer of cheese. Repeat two more layers ending with sauce an extra Parmesan cheese on top. Bake about 35 minutes. Serves 6-8.


  1. I had that at Alchemy with a tofu/veggie stir fry...super yummy...I www surprised at how much I liked the meal.

  2. Fabulous recipe! Thank you!