The weather has been hot and sunny around these parts of late (well, by Edinburgh/UK standards at least!) and we had Miss Sok to visit at the weekend, so we haven't been eating the most balanced diet!
I'd already made the quinoa as part of another dinner earlier in the week so just had the leftover sitting in the fridge.. so without further ado...
1cup uncooked quinoa - it puffs up a LOT when you cook it, so don't be fooled by the teeny amount one cup seems to be when it's dry. Should yield about 2 cups when it's cooked, tho I didn't really measure.
1 red pepper (you could use orange as well)
1 yellow pepper
Juice of 1/4 lemon
Give the quinoa a quick rinse in cold water.
Cook the quinoa according to instructions on the package.. Mine recommended 1c quinoa to 2c water, bring to the boil, simmer for 15mins, then fluff with a fork. Throw the quinoa in the fridge to cool.
Dice the two peppers.
Throw the peppers in with the quinoa.
Squeeze 1/4 lemon juice over everything.
Mix everything up by tossing lightly.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
I served mine up with panfried mushrooms & onion along with oven cooked chicken. It was super tasty and light and the quinoa is very very filling!
Earlier in the week I served the quinoa hot with pan fried salmon & spinach. I've also thrown it into soup before to thicken it up a little and make it just that bit more filling. Beware that it does soak up LOADS of liquid so only add a little bit at a time and only if your soup has lots of liquid!
Quinoa is super versatile and also super duper healthy! There's all sorts of info on the interwebs, so I'll let you do your own research and make up your own mind.
But aside from the health benefits, it's a nice alternative to rice and it's super yummy nom noms!! So if you haven't tried it before, give it a go!!
If you have other tasty quinoa recipes, please leave 'em below..