If you don’t like quinoa, THIS is the recipe for you!!! (um, of course, if you do like quinoa, you’ll definitely love it too … duh) I mentioned on Facebook a few months ago that I’m not a fan of quinoa. *GASP* I know, I know, I hear all of you quinoa-lovers out there rolling your eyes at how small-minded my palate must be. It really isn’t that I don’t like it — I just don’t do like it. I mean, come on: It tastes like nothing. It has a strange texture. It is very hyped in today’s food culture. I’m just not a big fan.
With that being said, I want to be a fan! At least, I want to want to be a fan. Quinoa has some great potential (just no flavor; bwahahaha). It’s got some noteworthy nutritional value: 5g of protein & 10% daily iron per 1/2 cup serving … plus, a smidge of Vitamin C & Calcium!! It is really easy to make, relatively inexpensive, and isn’t found in everything else we eat (like corn derivatives or soy!). All in all, it’s good stuff … you know, in theory. And in this recipe, it’s good stuff even in your mouth!
This recipe was adapted from Two Peas & Their Pod.
In my earnest effort to like quinoa, I keep testing recipes & hoping for the best. Some friends of ours brought this recipe to a get-together at our house awhile back & I LOVED it. I’ve made it several times since and it gets rave reviews every time! My husband even fought me for the last of the leftovers we had today!! (I made it for a church gathering last night)
I love greek salads – loads of veggies, tangy, salty, refreshing. Mm Mm Mmm. This recipe has all of those classically delicious flavors – it just adds quinoa into the mix! Which actually compliments it really well. The quinoa helps “bind” the veggies together on your fork. It also soaks up that yummy oil/vinegar/oregano dressing & enhances those flavors. Finally, it makes the dish beautifully filling, in a light & feel-good way! It can easily be the main dish of any meal — and the leftovers make a perfect lunch portion!
Use up those tomatoes & cucumbers from your garden in this easy summer meal! Or take it along to a pot-luck or friend’s house (think: pool party!). It can be made up to a day or two in advance & will only get better! It can also easily (so, so easily) be doubled or tripled for larger crowds! And any leftovers are sure to not go to waste …
Me: No MINE!
Kids: I want some!
Are you a quinoa fan? If so, leave me a comment with your favorite quinoa dish!!! Seriously – tell me what it is so I can make it & try it & love it … and be cool like you.