Some Seriously Mean Green Quinoa
No, your eyes are not deceiving you. That is a heart-shaped serving of quinoa. You may be wondering why? I was thinking, well why not? My grandma had also recently passed down a few cookie cutters to me. A wave of nostalgia washed over me as she handed them to me. I kept seeing flashbacks to when I was a kid. I was remembering the old copper colored jello molds she used to have and then remembering all the fun shaped jello treats I ate. I also began to think back about her old house and all the memories that were created there. Many of them centered around food.
These molds brought up wonderful thoughts of a time when molded jello really could make my day, which eventually led me to serve my mean green quinoa in the shape of a heart. As I have some new molds, you can expect more fun-shaped food in the future. What food memories come to mind when you think of your childhood?
Seriously Green Quinoa:
3/4 cup of quinoa, rinsed
1 tsp of olive oil (for sauteing the veggies) + about 2 tsp for the quinoa
1/2 a red onion, diced
1 garlic clove, diced
1 zucchini diced
1 – 2 large handfuls of spinach
1/4 tsp of salt, pepper, and garlic powder
1/2 cup of cucumber, diced
1/2 tsp of dried basil or 1 tbsp of freshly diced basil
1 lemon, juiced
2 tbsp of pine nuts
1- After rinsing the quinoa, add it to a pot with one and a half cups of water. Heat it over medium high heat. When it begins to boil, turn down the heat to medium low and let it simmer until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is soft and fluffy.
2- While the quinoa is cooking, add the red onion to a frying pan with the olive oil. Sautee it for 3-4 minutes before adding the garlic. When the garlic begins to brown around the edges add the zucchini. Also add the spices (pepper, salt, and garlic powder) at this time. When the zucchini begins to soften, add the spinach. Take it off the heat after about 2 minutes or when the spinach has wilted down.
3- Add the extra olive oil to the quinoa (after it’s finished), as well as the basil and lemon juice. I also added a little more salt and pepper at this point. Stir well and then add in all of the veggies including the cucumber. Also throw in the pine nuts at this point, then stir and serve!