Saturday, November 21, 2009

Keen on Quinoa and Finally Forty

I just discovered Quinoa (keen-wah) recently. It is easy to make and very good. It has many health benefits as it is high in protein and other nutrients. It is not a grain; it is a seed. We eat it at least once a week. YAY, my girls will even eat it. Have you had it before? Here's the scoop on it:

I buy it out of the bulk bins at the grocery store. You can also find it boxed in the rice section of the store.

I usually buy about a scoop plus a little more at a time. Before you cook it, rinse it thru a fine strainer. Then add it to your pot of water. If you are using a cup of dry quinoa then put 1 1/2 cups of water in the pot. Toss in some salt. I also add a bouillon cube for flavor. You can add mushrooms, spinach or whatever you like to this too. Bring to a boil, lower heat low and place the lid on and let it absorb the water. It is done when you see a white little rim form around each seed.

This is what it looks like when its cooked.

It makes a great side dish.

My other favorite side dish: Sweet potato fries. I just cut up sweet potatoes or yams in to fries. Toss with olive oil and then sprinkle with chili powder. Lay out in a single layer on a pan and bake. I have a convection oven so at the end I turn on convection roast to get them a little crispy. They are sooooo good.

Finally, I share this:

My friend Karen is FINALLY FORTY! I flew to Birmingham, Alabama last weekend to attend her birthday party and celebrate. Our other friend Janet surprised us by flying in from Virginia. Trust me when I say SURPRISED! Karen and I were sitting at her kitchen table in our pajamas drinking coffee and eating bagels (and bacon) when the phone rang. It was Janet. She was at the Birmingham airport. We jumped in the car still in our pajamas and drove to get Janet at the airport. These are two of my dearest friends. We met over ten years ago when we lived in the same neighborhood in Birmingham. I'm blessed to have them in my life.

Joy, Karen & Janet

Happy Birthday Karen!


Susan said...

Never heard of Quinoa. I'll have to look for it. We love yams but I've never done the fries. I'll have to try them.

Your friends!!! What fun, especially going to the airport in PJ's. I love that!! Those are the best kinds of friends. Fun & spontaneous.

Mrs.Oz said...

Oh, I'm so glad you like it! I was not sure if it had worked out well for you. We got burned out after eating it so much. After the holidays, I'm planning on using it more.

Brenda said...

We ate a lot of quinoa when we lived in Peru but I have never bought it here.

How fun to spend a weekend with your friends!

tricia said...

We like quinoa and yams made into fries.

Your weekend sounded like a lot of fun.

Tracy P. said...

Fun post! I will have to try both of those treats. And what a great surprise for the three of you to get to be together. I'm so glad for you!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Happy 40th to Karen!!!!!! Now pass the sweet potato fries :-)


Betty said...

Those sweet potato fried look so good. I´ve got to try that!
Quinoa, I´m not sure we have that here.
Your friends look like a lot of fun. Surprises are the best and I´m glad you had a good time with them. Girls weekends are the best!!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh how neat of you to get to meet up with old friends. Every year that I meet my three childhood friends, it feels like heaven on earth. I know you three had a great time. Hope you make it an annual affair--like my group does.

I've never heard of Quinoa ---but I do like the idea of Sweet potato fries. Sweet potatoes are so much healthier for us than regular potatoes.

Have a great week, Joy.

Ronnica said...

I love quinoa. It's so flavorful! I made a quinoa dish for a family who has food restrictions and they absolutely loved it! I made it with chicken broth instead of water, and through in a bunch of stir fried peppers and onions.

Julie said...

i have tried cooking quinoa and it didn't turn out. I will have to try again. Thanks for sharing. Such a blessing you got to spend time with friends, I love that!

Melody said...

Quinoa, huh? I like that it isn't a grain. I'll have to try it sometime. Thanks for the tip!

And happy birthday to your friend! What fun you must have had surprising her!

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

quinoa is one of the healthiest foods for you! I cook it a lot!

What a fun weekend!!

Pam said...

oh what fun! Great memories for each of you. It made me want to jump a plane to go celebrate something with an old friend!