Couples Cooking – Hello Quinoa!

Just recently Nellie and I rolled up our sleeves and begun to ‘prepare’ one of our health goals for 2014, it was our first ‘Couples Cooking’ night! In our debut evening of cooking excitement I decided that we would be experimenting with Quinoa.

Known for its highly nutritious attributes, this mother grain is high in protein and is gluten-free.  Having never prepared it before, but having recently caught a pleasant taste for it at the MARIN (DiFfErEnT DiSh), I thought it would present a fun challenge to cook with. So with the little bit of time I set aside, I researched the nutrition facts of Quinoa.  Impressed by the half grain / half vegetable, I found some recipes that would suit both of our tastes.  For some interesting facts about this super grain visit this resource.

For an appetizer I decided to go with a spicy option that I stumbled upon.  Considering that Nell is a big Sriracha fan, I thought that this bite-sized meal starter would be ideal. I present to you, Sriracha Quinoa Bites!  Click the link and you can get the recipe and cooking instructions. A special thanks to the fantastic bloggers out there that are trailblazing and inspiring all us foodies!

A little spice infused quinoa baked into yummy little bite size appetizers - Spicy Sriracha Bites!

A little spice infused quinoa baked into yummy little bite size appetizers – Spicy Sriracha Bites!

When it came to meal prep, I made sure to stop off at my local Target and pick up all the ingredients needed for our adventurous evening. After arriving at home Nell and I both got comfy and began setting out our cooking utensils. We enjoyed some frozen wine spirits as we began whipping our appetizer together. It called for several fun ingredients which we whisked together in a big bowl before spooning them into our mini muffin tin.  We placed them into the oven and began to work on our main course!

To accompany the spicy bites we were going to enjoy, I selected a sweet and salty main course that fused oriental veggies and quinoa.  The meal, Sweet Teriyaki Salmon with Garlic Quinoa Stir-Fry, was just the right variety of colors and flavors and smells. Together we prepared the meal slightly differently, instead we decided to also marinade our asian vegetable melody as well. As we wrapped up our meal, we pulled our bites out of the oven and began snacking.

Infused with a sweet and salty theme, this dish was fun to make and delicious to consume!  Way to go, Quinoa!

Infused with a sweet and salty theme, this dish was fun to make and delicious to consume! Cooking with Quinoa is great!

I was surprised at how easy the quinoa was to prepare, after rinsing it we put it into the rice cooker and shortly thereafter, presto – light and fluffy quinoa was ready.  We plated our main dish, sat down and ate together. After yammering on for a while about our week we cleaned up and called it a successful in-house date!

Next months addition to Couples Cooking will be here before you know it and it will be Nell’s turn.  Till then, I encourage you all to try preparing your own heathy meal.  I think you will be pleasantly surprised how cuisine that’s healthy for you can also be very tasty!

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