I have never tried quinoa before. It is a little grain full of protein, apparently from the Andes Mountains. I have heard of it for a while. It is becoming more and more popular. I know that because I heard about it from a friend before I knew about it. Then I decided to look for it at my regular grocery store (Target) and they did not have it. Then I searched for it at another actual grocery store and it was ridiculously expensive. I am a pretty big bargain hunter, so I decided to pass on the quinoa. In recent weeks, I have been hearing about it more and more. Recipes for it pop up on Pinterest. Chefs on TV use it in their cooking. That same friend talks about it still. I knew I had to try this stuff.
I found a recipe for a broccoli casserole that used quinoa instead of rice. I love broccoli casserole with rice, so this should be an interesting change.
As I was shopping in Walmart yesterday, I decided to check its status of quinoa. I was pleasantly surprised to find an actual selection of it. I could get it in a box mix that would make “Rosemary and Garlic Quinoa,” or “Roasted Red Pepper Quinoa.” There were even two selections of plain quinoa. I opted for the one that was cheaper.
I read the recipe at least two whole times, making sure that I had all of the ingredients at home. It wasn’t until I started cooking it tonight that I realized I was supposed to have cream of broccoli or cream of mushroom soup. It turns out that I only had cream of chicken, so that’s what we used.
To prepare the quinoa, you need to rinse it in a fine sieve until the water runs clear. I meant to pick up a sieve at Walmart (I have been meaning to get one), but it slipped my mind. My colander holes are too big and it appeared that if I ran water over it, I would lose a lot of the little grains down the drain. The best option I had was some tulle fabric from my craft bin. I pulled it out and cut some to a small enough size to line my colander. Then I gave it a good wash with some dish soap. It worked out perfectly for an impromptu sieve.
The finished product was quite tasty. I probably could have boiled the quinoa a little longer than I did, but when it was all mixed together, the taste was really good. It made a LOT. I have all but a few scoops of an 8 x 8 pan. I guess I will be eating this everyday this week! Good thing it is tasty!
Total cost: $2.50