What the Heck to do with Quinoa


In the last five years or so, it seems that everyone is talking about eating healthy.  All kinds of foods I never would have thought to make and had never heard of are ingredients in everything now.  With the rise of Pinterest, you can find a recipe for just about anything.  The problem is, the recipes you find look picture perfect and easy until you take a stab at it and realize you're in way over your head.  

One ingredient I feel like I hear about all the time is Quinoa.  It's kind of like rice, but not really. It is also very difficult to give flavor.  Until a few weeks ago, I had attempted to make it a few times with no success.  Either I didn't cook it long enough or when I finally got it tender enough it still had no flavor.  

I'm a big fan of lime and cilantro together so I decided to search for a recipe that incorporated those ingredients into quinoa.  I searched Pinterest and found a recipe that sounded great.  Turns out it called for far too much seasoning so the flavors were so overpowering that I couldn't even eat it.  After a few trials and some recipe modification, I think I came up with something that works pretty well and tastes pretty great!

1 Cup of Quinoa

2 Cups of Chicken Broth

Garlic Salt to Taste

1/2 of a Lime

3-5 Sprigs of Cilantro

First, bring the chicken broth to a boil and add quinoa.  Season the mixture with garlic salt and cook until the quinoa is tender.  You may need to add extra chicken broth if the mixture gets too dry before it's finished cooking.  While this is cooking, pick the leaves of cilantro off of the stems and chop them up finely.  Once the quinoa is cooked, squeeze in half of a lime and add chopped cilantro.  I would gradually add the cilantro because it can get really over powering.  I would start with half of what you have chopped and add more to taste.  

This is a great dish to take for lunch or to serve as a side dish to a full meal.  It pairs really well with fish or chicken and a vegetable of some sort.  I had it with lemon pepper tilapia and roasted broccoli.  Whether you're attempting the whole healthy eating thing, or just want a quick, cheap, and easy meal I suggest giving this a try.  I hope you enjoy, and let me know what you think!