When I was visiting Costco for the first time over the weekend, I came across an item that piqued my interest. I have seen Quinoa all over healthy living blogs for quite some time now and have always wanted to try this ingredient. Remember though, we were at Costco! I couldn’t simply scoop a small amount out of the bulk bins like at Whole Foods just to take home and sample. This my friends was a massive 4 pound bag, full of quinoa goodness!
Now you may be asking yourselves if this was the best idea. Granted, I didn’t even know if I liked quinoa and this was quite the investment. The nutritional stats themselves though pulled me in, and at $9 for the 4 pound bag, it was about half the price of the Whole Foods options. So with that, I threw it in the cart, gave Tim a don’t ask look, and we were on our way.
I wanted to keep my first experiment with quinoa nice and simple. I found a basic recipe and played off those directions.
2 cups quinoa
6 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
…3 cups water…
…and salt into a pot.
Stir and let sit for as long as desired. (I let sit while I was at work)
Add 3 cups new water back into the pot with the quinoa and bring to a boil.
Remove pot and let sit for 5 minutes.
Fluff with a fork and enjoy!
I thought the quinoa tasted amazing! I can definitely see myself making it all the time, especially since I have a 4 pound bag and all..! It tastes a lot like brown rice, while adding an extra dose of protein. I would say it’s a touch heartier tasting than brown rice, but I simply service mine with a sprinkle of salt and pepper and it was delicious. I grated a little fresh sharp cheddar onto Tim’s to add a little extra flavor. He enjoyed it as well!
Have you every tried quinoa? If so, what did you think?
Anyone have any yummy quinoa recipes? Feel free to link up, I need some ideas.. 😉
What have you ever bought without knowing whether or not you would like it?