QUICK delicious dinner!

During spring quarter I went over to a friend’s house for dinner and we made quinoa (pronounced keen-wah, or something like that) and it was delicious!! Since then I have been itching to make it on my own for dinner. A couple weeks ago I was at Trader Joe’s and happened to see it on the shelf, so I picked it up and finally tonight made it for dinner!

A little about quinoa: It is grain like, but not quite a grain. It is has a good amount of protein 5g per serving (at least for the quinoa I bought), has fiber, carbs & low calories from fat. Overall a pretty healthy choice. You get more out of it nutritionally than rice, and it is just as easy to cook! The basic 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water. Bring to a boil. Then turn down & simmer for 10-15 minutes until all the water is absorbed. The picture above is of uncooked quinoa.

For dinner tonight I cooked 1 cup of quinoa (I only ate a little more than half tonight) according to the directions. Then I sautéed onions, green beans, broccoli and garlic while the quinoa was cooking. Chicken or beef would be good with this too, but I didn’t feel like defrosting chicken and I was getting protein from the quinoa, so I went vegetarian tonight. To give the dish a little flavor kick, I put a tablespoon of a Szechwan sauce in with the veggies. The picture to the left is of the sauce. I got it at Safeway (or Vons) at the beginning of summer and I have LOVED putting it on stir-fry!! It definitely has a kick, but in a good way. Also it is really nice because it is all in one bottle, nothing else needed! As I said earlier I put about a tablespoon on when I am cooking for myself, and that is plenty spicy/hot for me. Overall the dinner took me about 20 minutes to cook. The quinoa takes 15 minutes after the water boils, and the veggies don’t take that long to sauté. For me this is probably going to become a delicious and easy go-to dinner when I am short on time and hungry! Did I mention that quinoa is surprisingly filling?? Well it is! I am going to be keeping my eyes out for somewhere that has bulk quinoa cheep! I hope you guys give it a try!!

Also, did I mention that the green beans were ones that I grew?!?! I was so excited I had to take a picture of them before I ate them!

4 days until I fly down!! I can hardly wait!!!

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