Have you heard that saying that you shouldn’t eat anything you can’t pronounce…..except quinoa? So funny and yet so true. We pronounce it “Keen-wah” in our house. After doing a bit of research online to get a final answer on this, I realized that there are different ways to say it and apparently some pronunciations are considered snobby. LOL.
People often think that quinoa must be hard to make at home. I felt that way too and was ridiculously intimidated by the thought of making it. Of course, once I bought some, I realized that it is so, so simple to make. All you need to do is follow the instructions on the back of the quinoa bag! Seriously….it is that easy. We love to cook ours in the rice cooker but recently I found some pre-cooked quinoa in the freezer section at Trader Joes (score!!!).
Here’s an easy and delicious recipe that we love to eat (and did I mention it is healthy too?). It makes a great side salad or vegetarian meal. This week we’ll be eating this as a side dish with our grilled garlicky shrimp. I may even have eaten a big bowl for lunch. Yum, yum, yum!
2 cups cooked quinoa
1/3 cup artichoke hearts in water, drained and roughly chopped
1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed
1 cup diced bell peppers (I used 1/3 cup each of yellow, orange and red peppers)
1 cup arugula
1/4 – 1/2 cup of crumbled feta
2 T olive oil
2 tsp red wine vinegar
1 T key lime juice
1/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
salt and pepper to taste
Here’s how you make it:
Whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, lime juice, cumin, and salt and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, artichokes, black beans, bell peppers, arugula and feta. Stir in the dressing and then refrigerate until ready to serve. Add salt and pepper before serving if needed. Makes 4 – 6 servings.