Because I kept reading about quinoa over and over again on blogs and food websites I decided it was time to try this ‘superfood’ for myself. At first I thought quinoa was a grain, but after some reading it turns out to be a seed. Luckily it’s just as easy to prepare as grains like rice or couscous, but it has a lot more vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein. Quinoa newbie as I am, I thought I would have to go to an organic supermarket to find this new food hype, but the local supermarket adjusted quickly and is selling it at the rice section.
After having it stored in my cupboard for a week or so I felt experimental. A quick scan trough the fridge lead to a pretty good salad. I prepared the quinoa according to the directions on the package (make sure to wash it before you cook it!) and diced up some vegetables. I also had some greek feta cheese lying around in the fridge that needed to be used, so I diced it up as well and tossed it in with the vegetables. When the quinoa was done cooking I added it and seasoned it to taste with some salt, pepper and (dried) green herbs like oregano.
When I took my first bite I didn’t really know what to expect but I’m happy to say that I really like it!
The little round seeds still have a bit of a bite after cooking and taste pretty neutral. Together with this really simple Greekish salad it’s a pretty good lunch, side dish or even dinner!
1/2 cucumber
2 tomatoes
1 (small) union
1 yellow bell pepper
1 red pointed pepper
feta cheese
salt, pepper, oregano