A win-win

Quinoa for beginners

I’ve had quinoa once in my life before, and I liked it. Red quinoa. It was side dish at a Mexican spot on the Upper East Side called Cascabel. I’ve been itching to make Jessica’s roasted sesame quinoa with chicken, and a dinner date with one of my oldest friends presented me with the perfect opportunity last night. A catch-up sesh AND an opportunity to cook? That’s what I call a win-win. Man, I love having unpicky eaters as friends. Oh, and ones that allow me to experiment on them, too.

There’s a new Whole Foods that opened a few blocks from me, and for the record I’m actually frightened for my bank account. I think maybe I’ll just restrict myself from walking in there  more than once a week. OK, maybe twice. The colors. The prices. NO SERIOUSLY, they’re low. I got 5 Chobani yogurts (yes, FIVE) for $5 Monday night. Canned pumpkin? $2.25. I swear, if that’s not a bargain I don’t know what is.

Anyway, back to the quinoa. I didn’t know exactly how to cook it, but I did my best following Jessica’s instructions. After toasting it for about 4 minutes with 1 Tablespoon of olive oil and another of sesame, I added in 2 cups of chicken stock, brought the pan to a boil, and allowed to simmer for 15 minutes.

The results? I can’t even lie, it came out really well. The toasted sesame flavor was delicious, and it’s definitely something I’d make again. Heck the “whole grain” is high in fiber, and lower-cal than rice. Win-win, again.

You know what else is a win-win lately? This fall weather. I know, you’re probably sick and tired of hearing about it (and it’s just beginning!). But I couldn’t be more excited to break out my boots. And my scarves. And my sweaters. And go for a run without dripping sweat. Just saying.

For the complete recipe, click here.

3 thoughts on “A win-win

  1. We’re right there with ya on the fall weather! Seriously, bring on the sweaters, boots, soups, and other fall comfort foods. And NYC is so especially gorgeous at this time of year, don’t ya think? That quinoa looks yummo!


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