A Favorite Snack: Quinoa

I know! You thought I was going to say, A Favorite Snack: Doritos!

Quinoa’s way too health-nutty to be a tasty favorite snack, right?

Um, not right! (I’d never like to say you are wrong, but… well…)

Plus, this delicious and nutritious and easy to make snack won’t turn your fingers orange.

If you don’t eat quinoa, you might consider it. It cooks quickly and is a  way more complete protein than rice or other grains, which makes it a good choice for vegetarians. It also tastes really good, so you can eat it with your steak too -no need to be a vegetarian to seek this stuff out! And it’s not that hard to seek out; most major grocery stores carry it. Of course, I live in a big health nut city, so maybe they don’t carry it in northern Michigan. I’ll check when I go there for Christmas.

Here’s the ingredients I used, but these are just starting points. It’s not a particularly precise dish. This makes a lot of quinoa salad, so feel free to knock it back a bit. P.S. I wrote about this once before, when this blog was new, but that was before I took pictures so it’s way boring. Don’t go back and read it! This version is better!

  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 medium size tomatoes
  • a bunch of green onions
  • 1/2  lemon
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Put your quinoa and your water in a pan. Heat over medium heat until bubbling, then cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for about 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed.

Quinoa, before cooking.

While your quinoa is cooking, get out and wash your green onions and tomatoes.

Chop up the green onion. I use almost the whole darn thing, except for the white bulb at the bottom and the ratty tops of the leaves. Chop chop chop.

Green onions are the place to be.

Chop up your tomatoes. Chop ’em however you see fit!

Now you have a big delicious pile of tomato and onion! Lucky you! Such pretty colors.

Chop a lemon in half and squeeze its juice into a bowl, picking out the seeds. I have no idea how much lemon juice you’ll get, but 1/2 a lemon is always enough.

Is your quinoa done? Let it cool for a little bit.

Is it cooled down? Lukewarm? Room temperature? No? Go keep yourself busy then! Or just get rolling with the next step; it doesn’t matter that much if it’s completely cool -you just don’t want it blisteringly hot!

Dump in your lemon juice, withholding a little if you made a smaller amount of quinoa.

Dump in your olive oil, withholding some if you …

Add lots of pepper and salt.

Stir it up! I do all of this in the same darn pan I cooked it in.

Taste test and see if you need more lemon flavor or more salt. Add accordingly.

Dump in your green onions and tomatoes. Stir together! Taste test again!

It will taste good. And you will be happy to eat it, because it tastes good and it’s healthy.

Eat it now or refrigerate it. It’s really good cold -maybe even better cold. More like a salad that way! And because you made a whole mess of it, it’s easy to have on hand as a quick snack, lunch, dinner.

It’s really good. Promise. Better than Doritos.

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