I would like to take this opportunity to say “thank you, friend” for sticking around. I’m not your average healthy food blog.
Please, don’t get me wrong. I love a good smoothie and green juice, but remember the time we talked about my disdain for kale? Yep, that was the time. I’ve come around and now enjoy kale salad and even kale chips.
There was that time I encouraged you to bake crusty bread with (gasp!) white flour.
Oh, yes, thank you for the reminder. I confessed to loving Taco Bell. Don’t hit the back button… wait! I can explain. That was a few years ago (before real food). If it helps, I shared a healthy fajita recipe alternative.
It can get a bit risque around here, at least for a healthy living blog. I like to think of it as being real, with nothing to hide. That’s why good friends are awesome (like you guys). They stick around even when you’re eating the (homemade) white bread and filling the washing machine with Tide. I love you!
I’m ready to fess up again. Okay, sit down… here goes nothing.
I really hate quinoa. I’m talking about serious dislike. Don’t put it on my plate, I’m not going to eat it. I realize as a healthy living blogger I should embrace the nutrient-packed grain with open arms, but I just can’t do it. Frankly, the taste is just far too bland and the after-taste is too much to bare. Quinoa and I just aren’t friends. I want us to be, badly. She’s like the popular girl in high school that everyone loves. Then, there’s little me standing in the corner wanting to like her and hang out, but I just can’t find the right style or courage to make it happen.
In an effort to be cool and try to hang out, I bought a bag of Quinoa. Of course, I couldn’t just go for the tiny little 8 oz. bag at the health food store, I had to go all out. I’m talking 4 lbs. of quinoa from Costco. Over the course of a month surprising things have happened in our house:
1. Quinoa and I started to hang: Yep, it’s true. I finally was able to muster the courage to hang with the cool kid on the block, and guess what? It turns out she’s super fun, and we get along great!
2. Quinoa needs spice: My issue with quinoa really wasn’t quinoa herself. My problem was the way I prepared quinoa. Turns out quinoa is pretty bland unless it’s cooked in flavor (think homemade broth, chicken or beef), and mixed with fresh, flavor-rich combos.
Once again I stand before you repentant and ready to say, “I love you Quinoa. I’m sorry for all the hard feelings I hard toward you. Turns out you are fun and delicious. Thank you for proving me wrong”.
Today, in an effort to make things right with my good friend quinoa, I’m sharing a recipe that’s full of flavor. A simple spring quinoa mixed with peas and corn. Add in a bit of fresh garlic and spring onions for a robust flavor and slight crunch. This simple quinoa meal only takes minutes to make, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy the fabulous spring weather without spending hours in the kitchen.
Come meet my friend quinoa, stay, let’s hang out.
Spring Quinoa with Peas and Corn
- In a saucepan (I use my favorite Dutch Oven) place the quinoa and broth. Bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, lower the heat and allow to simmer, covered, until the liquid is absorbed by the quinoa (approx. 10 minutes). Don't overcook! Place the saucepan with cooked quinoa to the side.
- In a skillet (I love my Cast Iron), melt 2 TB butter.
- Once the butter is melted, add the frozen peas and corn (no need to defrost). Over medium heat, saute the corn and peas for about 5 minutes until cooked. Make a well in the skillet by pushing the corn and peas to the side. Add the minced garlic. Saute until fragrant (about a minute). Combine the garlic, peas, and corn in the skillet. Add the diced green onions, cooking for two minutes. Remove from the heat.
- Spoon the cooked quinoa into the peas and corn mixture. Combine ingredients in the pan. Season with salt to taste, and if desired add an extra TB butter.
- Serve warm.