Tuesday, October 5, 2010

What Does Quinoa look like?

Yesterday I came across stunning quinoa photos at Zigzo's Zlinks.They look like desert wildflowers, don't they? I read somewhere that quinoa is related to tumbleweeds. Looking at these photos, I believe it.

Here is a great video that shows the quinoa crop and harvest in Bolivia.

High Brow Quinoa

Leave it to the New York Times. They took a simple crumble and dressed it up to a Plum and Fig Crumble with Quinoa-Oat Topping.

The figs intrigue me.  Have you ever eaten a fresh fig?

I have not and if I prepared this I would have to buy an extra fig to try for myself.

Quinoa Recipes 10/4/10

Here is a sampling of quinoa recipes found around the web yesterday:

Quinoa-Oat Crumble Topping - This is a great crumb topping you can prepare ahead and keep frozen. This will be a gluten-free topping if you buy gluten-free oats and your spice mill does not contaminate your quinoa with gluten from other flours.

Note: Oats are naturally gluten-free but often suffer cross-contamination from other grains when processed on the same machines. Gluten-free oats are processed under stringent controls that prevent contamination from other grains.

Delicata Squash and Quinoa Pilaf - I had never even heard of a delicata squash but it turns out I have seen them at the store. I always thought they were decorative gourds, not cooking squashes. Silly me. 

I think it would be fun to stuff acorn and delicata squashes for the same meal. I could try them both and see which I prefer. 

Pineapple Cashew Quinoa Stir Fry - I found this recipe from a post on the Burning River blog where Suz recommends cooking the quinoa ahead to cut down on prep time and halving the recommended 10-14 minute stir fry time.

Applesauce Quinoa - Single serving size recipe designed to be served with pork chops. This recipe could easily be multiplied to serve a crowd.

Omnivorous Confessions

As promised, I did not cook anything quinoa today. We had chicken prepared with a delicious dinner-in-a-box package that was tasty indeed. I must admit I was thinking the whole time how delicious the leftovers will be with quinoa tomorrow.

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  1. Hey just wanted to say thank you for linking to my post!! (zigzo zlinks)... really made my day!

  2. You're welcome. I love the photos.