Wednesday, August 26, 2009

My First Try at Quinoa!

I have been wanting to cook with quinoa for a long time. I have bought it many times - only to eventually throw it out because I didn't know what to do with it! I now feel pretty stupid - as it couldn't be easier!! Tonight I made Crunchy Onion Chicken with zucchini and quinoa...

Crunchy Onion Chicken
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup french fried onion rings 

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. I put the chicken in Pampered Chef's Deep Dish Baker and covered them with the Vinaigrette. Cooked them for 20 minutes and then put the onions all over the top. cooked another 10 minutes or so until the chicken was thoroughly cooked. 

Sweet Roasted Zucchini
3 zucchini, chopped into large bite size pieces
1/2 onion, largely chopped
drizzle of butter and natural grapeseed oils 

I cannot take credit for the sweet zucchini. It came today from our CSA and was so fresh! I roasted it in the oven with the chicken on my Pampered Chef Large Bar Pan. 

Herbed Quinoa
1 cup quinoa
2 cups chicken stock
1 carrot chopped
1/2 onion chopped
drizzle of garlic, lemon and butter grapeseed oils
sprinkle of Wildtree's Seafood Seasoning (see Cook's Note)
fresh sprig of flat leaf parsley
handful of fresh chive 

I heated the oils in my Le Creuset Dutch oven - my favorite pot to cook rice in! Then I added the onion and carrots and cooked until they were softened. Next I added the quinoa for a minute and then the stock, covered and brought to a boil. I added in the fresh herbs and Seafood Seasoning as it cooked and when it was done I fluffed it with a wooden spoon.
SO GOOD!!!!! 
Everyone had seconds - even Oliver!
There are NO leftovers!!

Cook's Notes:
~  Wildtree's Honey Mustard Vinaigrette is no longer available but you can use the Honey Mustard in place of it. And if you would like to see the Honey Mustard Vinaigrette come back,  let me know. The more requests we have the greater the chance that Wildtree will listen - they are good about that!

~  Wildtree's Seafood Seasoning is no longer available but there are numerous other blends that would work such as CA Garlic Pepper, Garlic & Herb, Adobo, Dill Dip...the list goes on!

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1 comment:

  1. I am going to bust out that dusty box of quinoa in the back of my pantry (check the expiration date) and try your recipe, sounds yummy :)