have quinoa salad, will travel…

Guess what I made and brought to New York with me this week… go on, guess…

Have you heard of quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) before?  It tastes like a cross between rice and pasta (rice pasta for you gluten-free folks) and takes on the flavor of whatever you put with it… kind of like a not-disgusting version of tofu?  It’s somewhat hard to find in regular grocery stores – usually found on the rice/grain aisle in a box and unless you’re in a dream super-market, you will probably only find one option of it per store.  But it’s worth the hunt… according to articles I’ve read, it’s high in protein, calcium, and iron… is a relatively good source of vitamin E and several of the B vitamins.  It also contains an almost perfect balance of all eight essential amino acids needed for tissue development in humans.  As I am edging closer to the 40 years old mark, I need all the “tissue development” I can get. 

Anyway – not only is quinoa considered a super-food, but it also travels well… I can make a “salad”, dump it into a large ziploc, and tuck it into my luggage… no refrigeration required.  It’s filling, gentle on my stomach, and there are about a gazillion recipes out there that use this little power-packed seed/grain/whatever it is.

This is the quick-recipe that I currently use:

  • 1 cup organic quinoa (cook as instructed on packaging)
  • half cup of Trader Joe’s Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar
  • half cup of craisins
  • quarter cup of sliced almonds

I do this one because it’s quick and easy, but just found a bunch of new recipes this weekend that I want to try.  I’m pretty sure they’ll also travel well.  This Black Bean and Tomato one sounds delish!!!

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7 Responses to have quinoa salad, will travel…

  1. Lori says:

    So glad you posted this! Once we move close to a Trader Joe’s, I’ll be able to make it. Sounds yummy!

  2. coolchicksactivegear says:

    I must have mis-measured on the vinegar because it’s over-powering this batch… shoot! I’ll get some of that stuff and ship it to you this weekend. 🙂

  3. Kristin says:

    I’ve wanted that vinegar for months and never knew what to do with it. So, I bought it yesterday and WILL try this. Sounds delish.

    • coolchicksactivegear says:

      hope you enjoy it, Kristin! like I mentioned, I might have over-shot on how much of that vinegar to use, so try a little bit and keep adding to taste…

      • Kristin says:

        Made tonight finally! YUM. I would never have made that combo on my own. I love vinegar so it was the perfect amount for me.

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