WildSnow Mod — Keen On Quinoa Version 2

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | August 4, 2017      
Summer harvest.

Summer harvest.

Like breathing fresh mountain air, modifying almost everything we touch is part of life here at WildSnow.

I planted cilantro in my garden this spring and the fresh sprigs made Keen on Quinoa Salad taste especially good.

After a few weeks, the cilantro bolted during a period of unseasonably hot weather. The leaves were bitter after that so I ripped out the plants and sowed seeds for a fall harvest. Next time I made my weekly batch of quinoa, I seasoned it with what I had on hand. It turned out better than ever. A successful episode of modifications in the kitchen!

A refreshing, light, nutritious salad that tastes best served cold on a hot summer day; I eat it almost every day.

Keen on Quinoa 2

2 cups quinoa
4 cups water
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup lemon juice
4 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 small onion

Rinse quinoa in cold water. In a pot, bring quinoa and water to rolling boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, turn off burner and let stand, covered, until cool. Place cool pot in refrigerator until cold (overnight is fine).

Next, I use my handy food processor: chop onion, blend in olive oil, lemon juice, cumin, salt, and red pepper flakes. Pour over chilled quinoa, mix well and serve.

Keeps well in refrigerator. I often make a batch and we eat it all week long.

I like to keep my kitchen counters uncluttered but a few appliances have earned their place. We use a blender often for smoothies and I like the efficiency of an electric slicer/chopper for veggie prep. I found a blender/food processor combo tool that does both; it gets top marks in my book.



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4 Responses to “WildSnow Mod — Keen On Quinoa Version 2”

  1. XXX_er August 4th, 2017 12:46 pm

    Recipe I got off the internet is similar but adds black beans, cherry tomatoes & cilantro …good stuff !

  2. Joe John August 4th, 2017 8:17 pm

    I have the same blender, it rocks!! I like the bullet size mixer. My latest go to smoothie, mainly to quickly get in some greens, is: some pineapple, a packed cup of spinach, 3 celery sticks, cantalope or frozen mango chunks (or some other frozen fruit) and a 1/2 cup any juice I have on hand.

  3. Lisa Dawson August 6th, 2017 4:40 pm

    XXX_er, I’ve used that recipe too and we really like it. Healthy too! Sometimes I forego the black beans and add Kalamata olives.

  4. Lisa Dawson August 6th, 2017 4:44 pm

    Hey there, Joe John. Good choice on the combo blender! Thanks for the smoothie recipe. The cantaloupe adds a nice flavor.

    Lou’s eyeing my Oster to blend his secret sauce wax for skimo racing. So far I’ve been able to keep him away.

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