Wednesday, September 17, 2008

It's KEEN-wah!

I felt like such a dork when I went into Planet Organic yesterday looking for Quinoa. I pronounced it exactly how it is spelled and the guy was like, "Oh, you mean Keen-wah?". Umm yah, okay.

Anyways, I've been wanting to try some quinoa for quite some time because it's so high in protein but never found a recipe, or maybe more accurately, the motivation to find an appealing recipe, to make some up. Well, last week I bought Company's Coming Low Fat Express Cookbook when they were 50% off at Superstore. By the way, these are my fave cookbooks.. I must have at least 10 around here. And this one is great! It has a ton of good recipes and includes all of the nutritional info. So, I tried making Apple Cinnamon Quinoa.

Apple Cinnamon Quinoa
1 cup skim evaporated milk
1/2 cup apple juice
1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup sweetened applesauce (I used unsweetened)
2 tbsp brown sugar, packed (I used 1 tbsp Splenda Brown Sugar blend)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt

Combine milk and apple juice in large saucepan. Heat on medium until hot, but not boiling. Add remaining 5 ingredients. Stir. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, covered, for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until quinoa is tender.

Makes 4 servings and the way that I made it, it was about 5 points per serving. Not too bad for a complete breakfast though, right?

I found it waaaaaaay too sweet, even though I used unsweetened applesauce and less brown sugar. I think it might have been the evaporated milk? The texture itself was okay though.. it sort of reminded me of Red River Cereal (which I love). I may try making it again and just using regular skim milk instead of the evaporated milk. Or, I may just stick with my Red River Cereal ;) In the meantime though, I have at least a cup of uncooked quinoa leftover. Any good suggestions of what to do with it? Preferably something more savory...


Anonymous said...

Haha- I did that too. I use Quinoa in my dog food, and when I first took over the business and had to reorder it for the first time the woman on the phone was so confused...what is it you want? You mean Keen-wa? Ahh I felt so dumb! I never knew what it was before! I have a recipe for quinoa dish from one of my healthy cookbooks. I'll email it to ya.(no guarantee's how good it will be though, as I haven't tried it yet)

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Treasures By Brenda said...

Keen-wah. I have to admit I have never tried it although you make it sound tempting. Would you say your cereal was like cream of wheat then?

I was thrilled to hear you love Company's Coming cookbooks. They are great and so many people love them. I created a page, If Company's Coming Use Jean Pare's Cookbooks which discusses Jean Pare and and also showcases many of the great cookbooks from Company's Coming that I have for sale in my eBay store's Company's Coming Cookbook section.

I'll hope you'll visit and tell me about your favorite Company's Coming cookbook!