Browsing through the internets, I will randomly stumble upon an article that is named some variation of “Superfoods for Weight Loss.” The authors will usually add quinoa to their list due to the abnormally high protein level (for a grain) and low amount of fat.
I’ve had quinoa twice in my life. The first time, it was prepackaged in one of those “fast cooking” rice and herbs boxes… and I enjoyed it quite a bit. A few weeks later I tried making it from scratch, I figured it shouldn’t be too hard to replicate by following instructions… it was awful.
This time around I was determined to make a decent batch of quinoa.
So, in my infinite wisdom, I decided to mix the disgustingly bland flavor of quinoa with the similarly bland brown rice. Two things that taste like nothing should come together in a flavor explosion!
I sauteed some onions and garlic to start, got both the rice and quinoa cooking, seasoned with a fair amount of salt, mixed everything together, added some chopped parsley, and dug in. Still awful!
In an attempt to turn it into something edible I dumped 1/3 can of salsa in and added a hefty amount of Zatarain’s Creole Seasoning. I can’t say these simple additions turned an epic failure into a culinary masterpiece… but I will say that it turned something that was destined for the garbage into something worth putting in the fridge.
What do you do with quinoa to make it worth eating?!
My attempt to turn a failed batch of quinoa and brown rice into something edible.