I can’t believe I haven’t put a quinoa recipe on my blog yet. What the fucking fuck. Dudes, quinoa is my jam! I’ve been on a roll lately with recipe winners (seriously I’m getting an ego) and last night was no exception. I made the most delicious restaurant worthy can’t not eat the whole thing, quinoa, of life.
This post also features my advice on the best way to clean and cook quinoa that can be applied to any quinoa recipe. A little qui-know-how if you will. It’s a must read for anyone who makes quinoa at home.
My quinoa dish features the rich a salty flavors of Botija Peruvian olives and sun dried tomatoes, making this the perfect accompaniment to any Mediterranean or Italian flavored meal. After one bite, you’ll be super keen on quinoa too.
Peruvian Black Olive & Sun Dried Tomato Quinoa
- 1/2 cup quinoa
- scant 1 cup vegetable stock or broth
- juice of 1/2 a lemon
- 1/2 cup chopped red onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped (about 8 pieces)
- 5 botija olives, pitted and chopped (I used Essential Living Foods brand)
- olive oil cooking spray
The proper way to clean/cook your quinoa:
Each grain of quinoa (unless pre-washed) is covered in a soapy substance called saponin. It tastes bitter and will affect the taste of your quinoa if you don’t remove it.
First measure the quinoa and put it into a large bowl. Fill it with clean water. Let is soak for a few hours. Then, using a wire whisk swish the quinoa around until you see a soapy residue come out of the quinoa. You might have to do this for a few minutes to get all the saponin off.
Once the soapy residue is off strain the quinoa in a fine mesh sieve then rinse the quinoa with fresh water and set aside.
Due to the vegetable stock, tomatoes and olives I thought this was plenty salty but feel free to season with salt and pepper to taste.
Nutritional Info (per serving): 124 calories, 4.8 g fat, 3.6 g sugar, 3.5 g fiber, 5.3 g protein
Garshhhhh this is good. And if you haven’t had enough of the quinoa puns in this post, my rap name is now officially Quinoa Latifa. Ya know, for when I sing “gettin figgy wit it…..”
Your Vegan Girlfriend