Sophisticated Savories

Sophisticated Savories

Friday, May 3, 2013

Quinoa Additions/Variations

Brilliance of quinoa... it truly can be paired with a multitude of flavors... both sweet and savory - and incredibly convenience to transport.

It doesn't ALWAYS have to be about presentation...

I know, be still my heart...

I will often make a large batch of quinoa for the week - cooked in chicken broth (veggie broth for the vegetarians out there!) with cayenne pepper, shallots, smoked sea salt and lemon juice. Since it will keep for one week in my refrigerator, I have a "base" already made for any meal.

Then come the additions.

Sweet variety? Add fresh berries (strawberries, raspberries, etc) with toasted almonds or pine nuts.

Savory? Throw in a multitude of fresh vegetables - asparagus, artichokes, beets, carrots, beans, broccoli, zucchini, hearts of palm, cabbage, tomatoes (I know, they are fruits), avocados, etc. Anything goes!

Herbs - Fresh herbs will help in "lightening" the pseudo-grain.... think cilantro, basil, rosemary (chop fine!), sage, etc.

Proteins - egg whites, salmon, steak, chicken, turkey, tofu... quinoa is a great compliment to almost any type of protein.

Sauces - reduced balsamic, curry, soy sauce, teriyaki... again, the possibilities are endless.

In order to enjoy the health benefits from quinoa, without becoming tired of the same "taste," mix it up! Experiment with all types of flavors, then store in tupperware and either pack for lunch at the office, or enjoy poolside.

Versatile, healthy, delicious and easy to re-warm.

"When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste." - Laiko Bahrs

Love y'all! ♥

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