Quinoa, I tried to like you, I really did. But we just weren’t meant to be.
I really wanted to like you, I really did. You’re supposed to be healthier, organic, etc. You fit in so well with my try to cook new recipes/eat healthy mantra. But, we failed to make a connection.
How did I decide to make a quinoa dish? It’s really the fault of Cooking Light. I was reading it on the plane to Nashville and decided I had to make this peach-quinoa salad at some point.
At 10 p.m. last night, I decided to make it as a side to my flounder. (I was eating Spanish-style. Long day at work + young professionals event + swimming at 9:15 p.m. = late night dinner)
Ingredients: 1.5 cups water, 3/4 cup quinoa, 1 sliced ripe peach, 1/4 cup chopped red pepper, 3 tbsp lemon juice, 1.5 tbsp olive oil, 1.5 tsp honey, 1/4 tsp black pepper
Directions: Bring 1.5 cups water to boil and add quinoa. Lower temperature and allow it to simmer for about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and allow quinoa to cool for a few minutes. Then add the the pepper, lemon juice, olive oil, honey, pepper and peach slices.
I admit to being skeptical after I removed the quinoa from the heat. I didn’t particularly like the look or smell of it and I questioned whether I’d be wasting a perfectly good peach by throwing it into the grain. But, I forged ahead, determined to try it.
I want my peach back.
I think that quinoa is just not my thing, but I’m not swearing it off completely as I still have a lot left and have to use it some way. Any ideas?
It did at least look nice with my flounder and spinach salad.