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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Treat Your Taste Buds with Quinoa

I'm not a great cook.  We all have our strengths.  Cooking is not one of mine.  Enter my real life friend who recently started a blog and can cook her tail off - Donna, aka tarheelmom.  I've mentioned her awesomeness before when I shared how thankful I am for her baked macaroni.   Last night, I tried another one of her recipes, and to say it was a home run is an understatement.  I made her quinoa with roasted garlic and tomatoes.

I added a little arugula as a garnish because I'm all fancy like that.
Yeah, that's right - I roasted my own garlic - thanks to Donna for showing me how.  It was Delish - yes, it deserves a capital D!  It was a great stand alone dish, although the kids had a chicken breast with their portion.  My kids aren't tomato lovers yet (I hope someday), so I just served theirs before I added the tomatoes.  I just had to share this with you because it was such a simple dish to prepare, and it definitely packed a flavorful punch not to mention it's actually good for you.


Check out my new bowl - thanks to Michelle at Ten June for the tip on World Market.


So head on over to tarheelmom for the full recipe.  Next time you have to bring a dish to a dinner party you'll look like some kind of culinary genius!  My own friends would be shocked to see me walk in with something that didn't come already prepared from Whole Foods.  ;)


Have you tried any recipes with quinoa (pronounced keen- wha)?  It's such a great, healthy alternative to rice, and I'm learning that you can do so much with it!  I'm a big fan of healthy food that tastes like a treat for your taste buds.

Happy Wednesday!  Back tomorrow with another Pinterest inspired project.

14 comments:

  1. Hey girl. I've been wanting to try this stuff in fact I have it on my grocery list because I have seen (OK pinned) some good looking recipes for it. Glad to hear you like it!

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  2. ooh YUMMY... and with wine! :)
    i love the bowls! i am feeling a world market trip might be in my future.

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  3. Everyone seems to be talking about quinoa these days. I am going to have to try it, I LOVE garlic, a lot so this dish already had me at garlic. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I've seen lots of recipes lately with quinoa but have yet to try it myself so this will be a good push to give it a go! Sounds delicious Carmel and I'm going to hop over and visit your friend! :-)
    Vanessa

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  5. That looks so yummy {LOVE THE BOWL}. We are huge quinoa eaters over here. In fact so much so that when I dropped my phone in coffee there wasn't any rice in the house so I placed it in quinoa to dry out. Don't ever do that by the way. It's too tiny and jams the phone! But we still love our quinoa ;)

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  6. Your pics have sold me on this particular dish and the red wine certainly helps :) Quinoa is a staple in my pantry. Thank you for sharing this recipe - love roasted garlic with tomatoes. WE have still some ways to go with tomatoes other than ketchup - one kid cannot get enough and one kid will not eat it - not yet, anyway. Pretty bowl!

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  7. Funny -- I just cooked my first quinoa (which I never knew how to pronounce :) last week and it was great. I don't know why it was so intimidating to me before, but it's really great.

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  8. That looks AMAZING! And that means a lot from the preggo with about 400 food aversions. Can't say quinoa has ever been cooked in our house, but it's about to be! Oh and love the bowl, so glad you snatched some of those good finds up!!!

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  9. Just pinned it looks easy and delicious!

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  10. Looks so good and love that bowl. Never had quinoa but I think now I want to try it :)

    Mandy

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  11. It's like you read my mind! I have a ton of quinoa from Whole Foods & had no idea what to do w/ it. Also, am I the only one who pronounced it "kuh-noah" for the longest time? HA!

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  12. Yum, this recipe looks delicious. I love quinoa. I started eating it last year. I use it in place of rice and couscous. One of my favorite recipes with quinoa is quinoa stuffed peppers...they are incredible. Loving your ikat bowls too. I was just at World Market, but didn't see those, bummer.

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  13. Just tried quinoa for the first time in a mac-and-cheese-esque recipe I pulled out of the back of a magazine. Delicious!

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  14. I love quinoa. I used it any time a recipe calls for rice. My favorite quinoa dinner is a "taco salad". I line the plate with whatever salad greens i've got on hand, and then top with quinoa. On top, I layer black beans, salsa, cheese and avocado. I finish it with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt. So good!

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