I finally tried quinoa (keen-wah) last week and I LOVE it! You can read about it here if you need to know where it comes from and if it's a grain or not, etc. I'm not really into explaining all of that. A friend of mine who owns a grocery store had mentioned it to me awhile back, and then my friend Nicolle blogged about it a few weeks ago and since, I've seen it on several other blogs. What is all this quinoa talk about? I needed to find out myself!
So, last week I bought a bag of it at the grocery store. I emailed Nicolle around lunchtime to tell her I was making quinoa and asked her a question. I can't remember what my question was...but soon after I sent the email, the phone rang and it was her! Oh.my.goodness! I couldn't believe it! She was so kind to call me to make sure I had figured it out. We have emailed back and forth for over a year or so, but I finally was able to talk to her. She is my first blog friend that I have actually talked to in person...well, you know what I mean! I was so excited....we could have talked all afternoon...but she and her little boy had more exciting things to do...like Chuck E. Cheese! Thanks Nicolle for taking the time to call me!
Anyway, back to quinoa. It really is easy to make. You cook it like you would rice. I made mine with chicken broth instead of water. You can add whatever you like to it. I love it with black beans and avacado...and maybe a teeny bit of sour cream! I found this recipe for quinoa with garlic, pine nut and raisens. I think I will try that one next! The balsamic quinoa salad looks good too!
So, I definitely feel like I'm jumping on the quinoa bandwagon.
But you know what?! If you haven't tried it, you should jump on too!
Have a great weekend!