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Edamame Quinoa Salad - Every Little Thing

Edamame Quinoa Salad

I hope you all have a great Friday night! So happy it’s the weekend. I have a fairly busy day on Saturday, so I wanted to post this beforehand.

I am a novice when it comes to quinoa. I’ve eaten it but before last night, had never cooked with it before.

Gasp! The horror!

No one fainted, did they?

As I’ve said before, I’m a beginner and still learning a lot about some of the foods that come from this great Earth. Quinoa is one of the foods that intimidated me. I would see it on all the other “healthy lifestyle” blogs and think “wow, you must really need to know your stuff to eat quinoa!”

Not.

True.

I saw a recipe for the Wannabe Chef’s Vegged-Out Quinoa and something in my head just said: do it.

So, I did.

The problem with such flights of fancy is that most recipes require certain ingredients, some of which I didn’t have on hand. So, I improvised!

Ingredients for my version included (serves 4-6):

1 cup quinoa, rinsed

1 cup onion, chopped

1 cup edamame, thawed if frozen

(note: original recipe calls for 3 stalks celery + 2 large carrots, chopped, instead of the edamame)

2 tbsp butter or cooking oil

2 cups water

2 cups fresh/frozen greens

¼ cup honey

1 tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

1 tsp chopped parsley

This, ladies and gentlemen, is quinoa:

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Quinoa is a “grain-like crop” (thanks, Wiki!) that is incredibly high in protein and fiber. It’s like rice, but kind of has a “bite” to it. Before preparing, it must be rinsed in order to remove the saponin, a naturally-occurring compound in quinoa that can mess up your stomach (in laymen’s terms!).

Anyway, even my finest strainer wasn’t fine enough, so I used a few paper towels and rinsed the quinoa. The saponin makes the water look “soapy” so once it runs clear, it’s gone.

Heat your butter/oil over medium heat in a pot. Add your chopped veggies and cook them 10-15 minutes, until onions are soft and translucent.

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Add your rinsed quinoa and water, plus salt, pepper, and parsley, to the pot, bring to a boil, then turn the heat on as low as it will go and cover. The quinoa will absorb the water in about 10-15 minutes.

(If you’re just making plain quinoa, you’ll mix 1 cup quinoa + 2 cups water, and use the same process)

When the quinoa has absorbed the water, fold in your honey and greens (I used kale).

That’s it! Serve hot. I added a few sprinkles of parmesan cheese on top.

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We made more Amateur Stuffed Chicken and ate the quinoa on the side with a pretzel roll. It was delicious! A nice mix of sweet and salty, and the edamame added a great crunch factor!

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I will definitely be experimenting with quinoa! I really, really liked the unique taste and texture to it. So much more interesting then plain old rice, and it’s quite the super food!

Question: Do you like quinoa? Any grain/rice recipes to share?

Comments

  1. I was definitely scared of quinoa the first time I had to cook it. I mean, no one tells you it starts acting like magic sand when you add a little water. But it’s so easy once you get the hang of it. Great recipe! I bet you’ll be cooking with quinoa every week from now on.

  2. This is funny because just last night I was going to make quinoa with the Mexican peanut butter chicken I was making only to find out I didn’t have any in my pantry–even though I could have sworn I had some!

    Guess it’s time to get some more 🙂

  3. You can buy prewashed quinoa! Will have to give this a try!

  4. I just came across your blog and love your recipes! This post reminded me that I haven’t had quinoa in ages. I need to start eating more spiced up versions of quinoa like this! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  5. I like quinoa, and I actually like barley quite a bit. (I don’t like rice much, so I usually make barley as a replacement grain)

  6. Quinoa is one of my fave foods! It’s super filling and a complete protein..what isn’t there to like about it?! 🙂

    Thanks for the comment on my organic post. I do think that WF does a decent job of providing local food to some extent, but I also know that even some of those descriptions you read on the signs there are not always accurate and that small farms usually can’t grow enough to support a grocery store’s demands. It’s so hard to know what is true these days without being able to talk to actual farmers! 🙂

    I think it’s great that you can be a part of a CSA and use the farmers’ market so often, too. I can’t wait until ours opens again!

  7. That looks so good!

  8. its a staple in our kitchen. I usually cook it once a week and cook a huge batch of it so I can use it all week long. Its great as a breakfast food with almond milk, almonds and raisins!

  9. Hi Beautiful! You won my heart with this quinoa recipe 😉 I love quinoa and the benefits behind it!

    I used to only eat it for breakfast, but now only eat it for dinner….mmmmm

    xxoo

  10. @Evan – thanks! the edamame was a perfect addition

    @KT – haha def get more! it’s so good

    @Gena – I know but I like to buy it from the bulk bin! Washing it wasn’t too big a deal.

    @Aylin – no problem, thank you for reading!

    @Meri – I haven’t had barley so I need to give it a try

    @Emily – I guess at what point do we just kind of trust in what is being provided to us? I feel skeptical a lot about the source of some of my organic foods, but I figure that if I can’t get it straight from the farmer, I want it with as little pesticides and chemicals as possible, and the only way to do that is to look for the seal. Even if there is some pesticide contamination from ground water or the like, it’s still a TON better than the regular stuff!

    @Kait – thanks!

    @HM – I have seen it mixed with breakfast foods a lot!

    @Kris – Glad you love it!

  11. I love quinoa! In fact I just made some a few nights ago with broccoli, red onions and on the top put feta cheese, so good!
    I love how you put parmesan on top, gotta love that!

  12. You are going to end up using it all of the time! I was so unsure the first time that I cooked with it and now we eat it all of the time! It’s so much fun to cook with!

  13. @Amy – I’ve heard more than once about feta in quinoa…I’ll be trying it!

    @Autumn – It’s so much more flavorful than rice! I will def be using it again, you’re right

  14. Oh, that looks SOOO tasty! I just bought kale and have never tried cooking with quinoa either; I’d love to try this! 🙂

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