Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Curried Quinoa with Peas

I’ve gotten into a routine of making one big pot of soup, a protein (usually fish, chicken, or beans), and a grain on the weekend. I make enough of these foods to last for several meals throughout the week. This is especially convenient for quick lunches. I’ll either pack some soup, a salad with some protein, or I’ll add some veggies to the grains.

For a few weeks, I have been making brown or black rice and was ready for a change. I looked through the cupboard and found some quinoa but wasn’t in the mood for plain quinoa. So I decided to spice it up and also add some peas to make it a bit more interesting.


Curried Quinoa with Peas

Ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • Curry powder, about 1 tsp
  • Cardamom, about 1/4 tsp or less
  • Turmeric, about 1/2 tsp
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1.5 cups frozen peas, defrosted in cold water
Directions
  1. Put the water and the quinoa in a pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Add the curry powder, cardamom, turmeric, salt, and pepper and stir well.
  3. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes until the water is absorbed.
  4. Add the peas and let them heat through.
  5. Serve & enjoy, either warm or cold.
The curried quinoa was a nice addition to salads, and I also enjoyed it with some roasted vegetables. I even added some to some curried carrot soup.

Questions: What’s your favorite grain at the moment? What’s your favorite quinoa dish?
 
Be well,
Andrea

26 comments:

  1. I SOOO need to be you with the food prep!

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    1. Without food prep my life easily spins out of control... :)

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  2. I love quinoa and this dish looks tasty.

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  3. I love the look of this spiced-up quinoa! Lately I've been a bit lazy with my grains (and veggies) and have been serving them plain. This is the kick I need! My favorite way to have quinoa is with feta, olives, and veggies, although I think of it as more of a summertime dish.

    Have a great week, Andrea!

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    1. Your feta dish sounds delicious.

      Have a great week, too!

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  4. greta
    rote Linsen al dente esse ich gerne.Mit Hirse kannst du auch viele Gerichte kreieren.Am Wochenende war ich in der Pfalz/Speyer und habe Leberknödel auf Sauerkraut gegessen und Saumagen probiert.

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    1. Leberknoedel mit Sauerkraut klingt gut!

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  5. That does look Andrea. We haven't been eating a lot of grains lately but today we did had some Quinoa mixed with brown rice.

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    1. I have been limiting my grains, too, but I feel best with a small portion most days.

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  6. Hi Andrea! Awesome that you have a German follower and can reply back!

    I love curry and throw it into almost anything that can handle that type of flavoring. Homemade chicken noodle soup, for example, tastes much better with a little curry.

    :-) Marion

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    1. Yes, I love curry lately. Adding it to chicken soup is a great idea!

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  7. Yum! Quinoa is probably my favorite grain. I like to make it Mediterranean style but this sounds delicious!

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  8. I'm still in the corn loving stage, which will probably last forever! :)
    otherwise my favorite grain is brown rice and it recipe can definitely use brown rice. :)

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  9. I adoooore Cardamom...thank you so much for featuring it in such a unique way!

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    1. Yes, cardamom is a recent favorite of mine! :)

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  10. Love healthy quinoa, and with curry spice, even better!

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    1. I love quinoa by itself, but this was a nice change.

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  11. I love quinoa! I also like brown rice - especially the medly TJs sells!

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    1. I've never tried TJ's medley. Will have to give it a try!

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  12. I have a box of quinoa sitting in the pantry ready to put to good use. Sounds like you and I think alike. I make extras all the time of anything that freezes well, or lasts in the frig for a few days. That way I always have an easy lunch or quick dinner. :)

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    1. Having food that's ready to eat makes life so much easier... :)

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