Friday, November 12, 2010

Portable Foodie Cred

Atop the list of Most Pretentious Grains
Sits quinoa, unpronounceable, which feigns
A fancy smile, but actually belongs
In normal weekday salads, sides, and mains.
Don't be afraid of quinoa!  Its name on a restaurant menu is pretty much guaranteed to raise the price of each item by a few bucks, but when you get over the twelve-dollar price tag on your "Chef's Healthy Andean Grain Salad," you'll realize it's just a bunch of very normal chopped-up things mixed together, and that quinoa is a grain just like any other grain.

And just like any other grain, quinoa can be purchased cheaply, prepared quickly, and enjoyed often.  The only thing that sets it apart is its nutritional value -- it's a great source of iron and gluten-free fiber, and despite being vegan- and vegetarian-friendly, it's a complete protein.

So.  Quinoa isn't just for classy restaurants and upscale health-food delis.  It's not just for patronizing gourmands and pushy vegans.  Quinoa is for the common man!  So get out there, throw some quinoa and veggies in your rice cooker, and call yourself a foodie.

Chef's Healthy Andean Grain Salad (...Kidding.)

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 10 stalks asparagus, chopped
  • 5 oz baby carrots, chopped
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp powdered vegetable broth*
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups water


Put all ingredients in rice cooker.  Press "on" button.

Serve alone, or with whatever your heart desires.  (Serves 3-4.)

*If you want this dish to be gluten-free, make sure the powdered veggie broth does not contain gluten ingredients.


  1. Hey Lili! I was thinking of making this recipe, but how much water should I add? Thanks!

  2. Ooh, sorry I forgot to mention that! I don't usually measure, but two cups of water sounds about right. I hope you like it!

  3. Did you know that quinoa has all 20 amino acids made by nature? Enjoy the food!