Sunday, February 12, 2012

Make Fluffy Quinoa

Yumyum. I'm now a quinoa pro. Doesn't it seem like just yesterday that this grain was a new food? So tasty, so easy, and so good for you! A complete protein masquerading as a grain! Sneaky. Learn a little about quinoa's nutritional profile here. Well, even though I'd mastered a basic quinoa, there's always room for improvement...

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Last week, I tried a new cooking technique, and it was a huge success. I have to direct you to Peas & Crayons for Jenn's instructions for making FLUFFY quinoa. I know that she and I and this recipe were all meant to be, bonded together by our love for fluffy unicorns.

The trick is rinsing the quinoa first, and then cooking it dry for a minute before adding water.


Brilliance. The quinoa was so fluffy, not bitter, just like Jenn promised. Wheeee win!!


But first, I sauteed mushrooms, pre-roasted butternut squash, and brussels sprouts. #veggies

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When the quinoa is ready and fluffed, in go the veggies! Anndddd STIR.


I scooped some into a bowl for myself, tucking the rest away for later. Although it tasted delicious all on its own, I added about a Tbsp of my go-to, balsamic vinegar, to the bowl for a nice flavor boost. Mm.


So there you have it! Fluffy quinoa, paired with always-tasty vegetables, and you've got yourself a nice, simple, nutritious meal, that also happens to be delicious. Don't take my word for it; make it at home! Dare you.


It's so fluffy, I'm gonna dieeeeee



19 comments:

  1. butternut and quinoa are also sooooo meant to be =) just like us and our FLUFFY unicorns! =) Love ya Meredith! Thanks for the shoutout and the baller recipe that needs to make its way into my kitchen! <3 LOVE it!

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    1. hah, yes. Thank YOU for the detailed how-to!

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  2. ooohhh I have quinoa on the menu this week so I will just have to try this nice fluffy trick!!

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    1. Do try it! And let me know how it goes :)

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  3. Dare accepted, fluffy quinoa it is. Maybe with dinner tomorrow.

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  4. I can't get enough of quinoa lately...going to try this method tonight!

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  5. ahahaha best movie quote ever! i need to try this fluffy quinoa method :)

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    1. Yes, <3 despicable me! Give it a try and let me know how it goes

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  6. yum i love quinoa! i have to admit i usually don't rinse it. i need to do that!

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  7. Though I know you're supposed to rinse most quinoa, I found that the Trader Joes version never tastes bitter if you don't rinse it first.

    Interesting method! I'll need to try it next time. Anything for more fluffiness in my life! ITS SO FLUFFY I'M GONNA DIE!!! hehehe

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    1. And when you do try this fluffy method, be sure to wear your warm-up suit.

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  8. YUM! That looks so good! I'm kind of a quinoa newbie and have only made it twice and it didn't turn out too fabulously. I think I need to try this. It looks so good!

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  9. Oh wow that looks good!! I will have to try out this fluffy quinoa method :D.

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  10. I've been eating so much quinoa flakes lately I almost forget they aren't the real thing, lol.

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    1. lol, definitely not! give this a try; you'll never go back :)

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  11. So excited to find something different to do with quinoa. I love it, but I am in kind of a quinoa rut. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  12. This looks delicious! Thanks for posting your recipe on my blog for a reference!

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