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Quinoa with Chorizo & Peas

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

I finally had my first taste of quinoa! I came across countless quinoa recipes for the past few months and after seeing Kevin's quinoa salad with roasted vegetables and Rita's quinoa, asparagus and shitake salad, I thought it is time to give this superfood a try.

It has a mild nutty flavour and a slight bite to the grains when you eat it. Quinoa is gluten free and has all the essential proteins. It is very heatlhy and versatile, I can foresee countless quinoa recipes appearing here in the near future!


quinoa chorizo


Ingredients: serves 2 as mains

  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cup Chicken Stock (low-sodium)
  • 100g Chorizo - sliced
  • 1 large Onion - sliced
  • 3 Garlic Cloves - pressed
  • 150g Mushrooms - sliced
  • 1 1/3 cup Frozen Green Peas
  • 1/2 Lemon's Juice
Seasonings:

  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Black Pepper

Directions:

  • Place quinoa and stock in a pot. Leave to simmer until all the liquid is absorbed.
  • Fry sliced chorizo in a heated pan until browned and oil is released.
  • Mix in onions and fry until translucent and soft.
  • Add garlic cloves and fry until fragrant.
  • Squeeze in a bit of lemon juice to deglaze pan.
  • Add mushrooms and green peas. Leave to cook.
  • When mushrooms are soft and peas are warmed through, mix in quinoa.
  • Add seasonings to taste.

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luckytastebuds said...

OH MY! What a beautiful recipe you have there and YET I can't believe you've been mistreating yourself by eating cereal for lunch all week!!! THAT IS bad bad bad!!! How does someone who cooks so well end up eating cereal for lunch you poor girl?????
(P.s. What's your real name so i can stop referring to you as PigPig because I'm sure you're not a Pig. hahahah)

YJRene said...

Great website. My stomach growled just looking at the pictures. Gonna try some of your recipes. Thanks.

www.dec3rd.net

Big Boys Oven said...

looks so awesome till I want to spoon into it! :)

Kitchen Corner said...

This one looks like a very healthy meal. Quinoa kind of grain? Is the texture like rice?

Nags said...

awesome! this looks so good!

Indonesia-Eats said...

I never have quinoa before. I have seen everytime I go to the health store and curious to try. Yours is looking good!

Selba said...

Interesting! I'm not familiar with quinoa though...

5 Star Foodie said...

Awesome with chorizo - yum!

Sara said...

This looks delicious - I have half a box of quinoa in the pantry, I should try this!

Bob said...

I do love me some chorizo. I don't think I've ever seen quinoa before, it looks interesting. I'll have to keep my eye out for it.

Happy cook said...

I have never cooked with quina, looks so yummy delicious.

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

I really need to use the packet of Quinoa I was given for Christmas. This looks too scrumptious not to make! :P

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A deliciously healthy salad!

Cheers,

Rosa

Olga said...

I'm glad you liked quinoa! It's definitely one of my new favorite things (although I forget about it sometimes).

The dish looks so fresh!

Heather said...

there's so much quinoa all over the place these days - i still haven't tried it. it sounds delicious, and i love the addition of chorizo and peas. mmmmm!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I haven't come across quinona before. I love how the dish looks and I love chorizo. I'll have to see if I can get it locally.

pigpigscorner said...

Michelle: You can call me Ann =) I'm suppose to be on diet now as the big day is in less than a month! And yes, I have instant cereal for lunch now EVERYDAY...ARGHhhh!!

YJRene: Thanks for visiting =)

BBO: aha..you can have one spoon...lol

Kitchen Corner: Yeap it is very healthy if you minus the chorizo =P They are not as soft as rice, reminds me of cou cous actually.

Nags: Thanks =)

Indonesia-Eats: You should give it a try, it's a superfood afterall. haha

Selba: This was my first time using quinoa and we loved it! You should try it sometime.

5 Star Foodie: haha...not so healthy afterall with the chorizo but it was delicious =)

Sara: Yes you should, with some chorizo!

Bob: I thought I'll only find it in a health food store, but I was surprised to find it in my regular supermarket - Tesco's.

Happy Cook: You should try someday, it's really delicious and I like the texture.

Lorraine: everything looks scrumptious with chorizo isn't it =P

Rosa: haha not so healthy with the chorizo..but it's delicious!

Olga: Glad I tried it, I'm already planning my next meal with quinoa.

Heather: Yeap! A lot of ppl have blogged about quinoa recipes, that's why I thought I'd give it a try.

Katherine Aucoin: I got it from my local supermarket! I was quite surprised actually. Good luck with the search!

Maria said...

I love quinoa. Glad you tried it!! It looks great!

Reeni♥ said...

I have yet to try quinoa, I see recipes all over the place. This looks really delicious, full of great flavors! I have to try it now!

Kasey said...

Ohh--quinoa is one of my favorite things. It is so versatile. Once you start, you can't go back! ;)

Jescel said...

i love quinoa! I've just had them in salads.. might try this..

My Carolina Kitchen said...

I too have seen countless recipes for quinoa. I searched for it for a long time with no results. When I would ask in the stores, they would say "what? say that again? No, never heard of it." All very disappointing.
Then one day much later in Fresh Market I found a bag and purchased it. As luck would have it I couldn't remember where I had seen all of those recipes. So......thanks to you I have a terrific recipe and I can get that bag out of the cupboard. Thanks.
Sam

Pam said...

I am sure the chorizo made the quinoa so flavorful. Another tasty recipe.

duodishes said...

Quinoa is the new black. It's everrrrrywhere we look! Yummm to the chorizo in there.

Hayley said...

I have to give quinoa another try. I've only had it once, oatmeal-style, and wasn't a huge fan. But I imagine serving it with flavorful veggies is a much better way to go. Thanks for sharing!

Cynthia said...

I was gifted a box of quinoa from a fellow blogger and I am yet to make something with it. Shame on me :)

Screamin' Mama said...

I've only recently heard about quinoa. Glad to have a recipe now to try it. Thanks.

pepsakoy said...

I've seen those posts as well and I was convinced to give this a try..I was slower than you !! lol..nice dish anwyay..

noobcook said...

this is something on my to-try list as well, looks beautiful and yummy =)

Grace said...

i love quinoa! also, i'm strangely proud that i know how to pronounce it--i think most of the world is still clueless. :) and hey--great use of it!

pigpigscorner said...

Maria: Thanks! Love quinoa after my first try too!

Reeni: Yeap, it's everywhere so I thought I must try it! Glad I tried it!

Kasey: haha agree! It's very versatile and I am already planning my next meal with it =)

Jescel: I'm not a big fan of salad, so I added chorizo =P

Sam: I was surprised to see it in my local supermarket! I quickly grabbed a bag and glad that I did!

Pam: The chorizo was a good addition! Adds so much flavour to the dish. Will definitely make this again =)

duodishes: I know!But I can see why everyone loves it! It's healthy, versatile and yummy!

Hayley: I think you have to add other flavourful ingredients to quinoa as it grabs onto whatever flavours you add.

Cynthia: Poor quinoa!

Screamin' Mama: I've also only heard about it recently. It's definitely worth a try.

pepsakoy: It's not to late to give it a try =P

noobcook: hehe thanks! This has moved from my to-try list to my favourite list =)

Grace: Thanks! You learn about so many new ingredients on the foodie blogosphere, sometimes it's just hard to keep up. I still have a lot of new things to try on my list!

mycookinghut said...

Ok.. I haven't tried quinoa... now that I am drooling over this.. I need to try soon!

Bobby said...

I am not too familiar with quinoa but it looks delicious, and healthy :)

Natashya said...

Congrats for discovinging this healthy grain, I love it too. Great dish you have made out of it, very healthy!

onlinepastrychef said...

I recently discovered quinoa, too. I love your addition of chorizo--looks fantastic!

Sam said...

Quinoa is delicious, I'm you've discovered it! I love this recipe I'm sure it tastes great.

Bunny said...

It's mouth watering, you are one terrific cook!

noble pig said...

I love it too and it's so good for you. This looks delicious.

lisaiscooking said...

Quinoa is just a delicious grain. It looks great with the peas too!

Rita said...

I am so glad you got to try it! Quinoa is so healthy and good for you.

Kevin said...

Great take on a quinoa salad! It looks really good!

Food For Tots said...

I luv this recipe. So easy yet tasty n healthy! Definitely a must try for me!

Maggie said...

I love seeing more ideas for quinoa! This looks hearty and satisfying.

Dee said...

Yummy. I love saying quinoa, I love eating quinoa :) The chorizo just makes it perfect.

Girl Japan said...

You provoked me to try quinoa, you really have! I think your photography is stunning, with each and every new post, it is so enticing.

EssPee said...

Quinoa is wonderful. I'm going to try this recipe. Anyone who hasn't tried it yet should try it soon. Don't miss out on this very versatile grain.

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