Quinoa isn't the greatest tasting grain. Without seasoning ... it kind of tastes like socks. Buuuuuut, once it is jazzed up a bit, quinoa is one of my favourite side dishes. I love the texture and the fact that it is a complete protein (contains all 9 of the essential amino acids, as do hemp seed, soy and buckwheat).
I was feeling citrusy the other day so I got my zester out and went to work on this ...
Cranberry Orange Quinoa with Walnuts
1 cup dry quinoa (cook according to package directions)
Zest from 1 orange
Juice from 1 orange
2 T olive oil
1/4 cup or so chopped walnuts
1/4 cup or so dried cranberries
Salt to taste
Cook quinoa. Add the other ingredients to the cooked quinoa. Stir and enjoy! You could let the quinoa cool first and serve this cold as well.
Served with some citrusy trout (lemon, lime, salt, pepper and oregano), this made a perfect summer dinner.
And since it was a beeeeeautiful day yesterday a BBQd dinner was enjoyed al fresco. Mmmmm!
Sun, I love you.
How was your weekend? Did you enjoy any meals outside?