Emilycat - I tried a quinoa dish tonight and it was great! Aside from the very strange name...
With all this talk about healthy foods and trying new things lately, I thought I'd post the recipe for other members who might be interested. It came from www.foodtv.com . If you do a search for quinoa, you will find several yummy-sounding recipes. If anyone tries any of them, please post!
Speckled Quinoa and Orzo
1/3 cup olive oil (I successfully cut this down to 2 tablespoons)
3/4 cup quinoa, thoroughly rinsed
1 1/4 cups orzo
2 small cloves garlic, minced
10 sun-dried tomatoes, packed in olive oil, finely chopped (I used the kind without oil)
3 cups chicken broth
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup grated Parmesan
2 ripe tomatoes, seeded and cut into fine dice
1/4 cup chiffonade of basil
1. Heat olive oil in a medium size saucepan. Add quinoa and orzo and cook, stirring constantly, until quinoa turns golden, about 1 minute. Add the garlic and sun-dried tomatoes and continue to saute for 20 seconds until you smell their aroma. Add chicken broth, bring to simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 12 minutes or until barely done. There should be a little liquid that has been absorbed by the grains and pasta and which will help the cheese turn creamy. Season to taste with salt and pepper, stir in basil and remove from heat. The recipe doesn't state when to add the fresh tomatoes, so I added them with the basil at the end.
2. Yield: 4 to 6 sidedishes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes