Wednesday, February 24, 2010

For my dad

So, I made this last week when I was on a health kick but I didn't post it because my dad was on vacation and I couldn't bear the idea of him missing the healthy vegetarian meal I made and coming back to pictures of steak or chicken and dumplings or something.

My dad and I were talking on the phone the other day, and he was telling me about how he cooked up some red quinoa.


Quinoa is one of those super healthy grains that has protein and fiber and stuff that makes vegans sing songs about how eating meat is evil and killing the planet and stuff. I don't know from that, but I know it makes good alternative spaghetti! I figured I'd give it a try.

I saw this recipe online and I had all the ingredients on hand except feta cheese. I gave it a try but I don't really recommend making it without the cheese (unless you're my dad - in that case, go ahead).

Quinoa with Sundried Tomatoes and Feta

1 teaspoon olive oil
8 sundried tomatoes, chopped
2 minced shallots
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cup vegetable broth (or any broth), or water
1 cup dry quinoa
Pinch cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon salt
Fresh ground black pepper
Feta cheese, as much as you'd like

Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the tomatoes, shallots and garlic and sauté for 3-5 minutes until the shallots are soft.


Add the stock and bring to a boil. Add the quinoa and cayenne pepper.


Bring back to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. The liquid should be fully absorbed. Stir in the salt, pepper, cilantro and feta(if using) and serve.


It tasted super healthy. I thought that the cayenne pepper made the broth taste kinda weird, but maybe the feta would have balanced it out.

My dad would have totally loved it! If you're into hippie vegetarian food, knock yourself out with this.

4 comments:

Meredith said...

I can't believe I beat your dad to commenting on this one.

I take full credit for introducing you to quinoa. And for teaching you how to pronounce it.

This looks pretty good, but I think it needs the cheese for sure! Healthy ladies need calcium!!! (also feta is delicious.)

David Borgen said...

At last a recipe for healthy eaters...looks good and hoping that Lena continues to explore healthy food...i'm sure there's a niche for healthful foodies...so colorful too...I prefer generally to just cook the red quinoa in a rice cooker and then top it off with some sauteed tofu and greens...very yummy...db

Alli said...

definitely needs cheese. everything needs cheese. you should spice up your blog with some ethnic cuisine. some indian or Ethiopian perhaps?? make some home made injera!! yeaaaah do it!

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