What is quinoa?
1. a goosefoot found in the Andes, where it was widely cultivated for its edible starchy seeds before the introduction of Old World grains.
2. That funny looking grain stuff from health food stores that everybody has heard is healthy but nobody knows exactly what to do with or how to cook.
I believe the first definition, but fall squarely within the second definition. Ever since Costco started carrying bulk, organic quinoa I have been buying it and adding it to at least a couple meals per week. When I say “adding” it, I mean cooking it like rice as a side dish. My husband likes it because he “adds flavor” with salt, pepper, butter and cheese, but that kind of defeats the purpose of including a healthy grain with our meal. So, with that in mind I am always looking for new quinoa recipes that incorporate it into the meal, not just a side dish. I came upon this recipe and wanted to give this one a try.
People who know me really well, know that I love my comfort food, especially during the colder months. I figure this quinoa meatloaf would do the trick and decided to give it a try:
I found the meal filling and flavorful. However, I made a few tweaks:
-I made one cup of quinoa and only added a half cup into the meatloaf
-Instead of tomato paste I used ketchup
-Did not use hot pepper sauce; that can be optional
-The recipe says to cook some of the other ingredients. I just cooked the quinoa, got a separate bowl and added the other ingredients as is, mixed it all well together with my hand and put it in a bread pan to cook.
Did you know quinoa has the highest percentage of protein than any other grain?
What’s your favorite quinoa recipe?