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quinoa taco filling

In foodstuffs on June 18, 2009 at 9:04 am

Quinoa

even my carnivore father enjoyed this…makes: ~4-5 tacos

what you’ll need: 1/2 cup dry quinoa; small red onion, chopped; 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped; anaheim chile, chopped; 2 garlic cloves, crushed; olive oil; one tomato; vegetable stock and water (tbd); cumin seeds; paprika; cayenne; ground ginger; salt n peppah, to taste.

what you do: 1) in a small bowl, soak the quinoa with 1 cup of water for 20-30 minutes, 2) add onion to a medium (and deep) skillet with a couple glugs of olive oil; smash the garlic cloves and break them up in the skillet as well (they’ll taste almost sweet this way), 3) add pepper and chile and cumin seeds, saute the bunch, 4) add diced tomato (yellow while it’s summer!), and let the mix simmer for 3-4 minutes, 5) while you’re waiting, drain the quinoa, refill with another cup of water, and then add the quinoa + water to the pan, 6) keep the mix on a medium simmer, adding water or stock periodically as the base boils away; when the quinoa grains unfold and begin clumping like cous cous, you’re probably there.

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