Because the response to my quinoa salad was so fist-pumpy, (so glad you guys liked it!) I thought this week I'd share another super quinoa-quickie (gosh, I love alliteration) that fits in well with last week's "let's talk about eggs..." post. It's sort of a GGC + WWW joint.
Once a week I make a little something I like to call, "Quineuvos Rancheros" for dinner. It happened as recipes often do, when I forgot to pick up corn tortillas at the market but had heaps of ripe avocados and a large satchel of cilantro, eggs, cheese and obviously fucktons of quinoa.
I thought quick on my feet and decided to substitute the corn tortillas for quinoa which turned out to be genius.
For Quinuevos Rancheros (which, so long as you have quinoa pre-made, will take you no more than five-ish minutes to prepare) you will need:
2. Eggs (two per adult, one per child. For a family of four, I cook six eggs.)
3. A spoonful of butter or olive oil (for cooking up ye fresh eggs.)
4. An avocado
5. Shredded cheese of your liking
6. Cilantro (some people hate cilantro, which blows my mind BUT! if you hate cilantro, go ahead and substitute with something similarly green. Chives may just be equally delicious.)
7. Salsa (I use verde! Exclamation points!!)
8. Seasoning of your preference (mine is listed below.)
Start with quinoa. In my last post, several (including my mom) mentioned that quinoa should be rinsed before it's cooked. I have never personally done this because, well, I don't really know. I'll admit, I don't taste the difference between rinsed and non-rinsed quinoa nor, it seems, does my family, friends, etc... BUT! My mom insists one MUST wash their quinoa before cooking so you're best bet is to listen to her. Because she knows.
this week I'm living all kinda dangerous = white quinoa!
Cook your eggs as you usually do. I cook mine in a weird-wackadoo way which consists of cracking the eggs over the pan and letting them sit for a few seconds before kind of mixing the yolks and sort of pushing it around for three minutes before it's cooked through. It's the only way my kids like eggs now and I cannot even explain it really but this is basically what they look like when they're cooked and placed on bed of quinoa:
Sprinkle atop the eggs a few pinches of shredded cheese, ASAP so it melts from the heat:
Then top with chopped cilantro, avocado, salsa (!!!) and seasoning for taste if you so desire and:
This particular dish seasoned with "Everyday Seasoning" (aka a concoction of sea salt, mustard seeds, paprika, black peppercorns, coriander, onion, garlic and chilli pepper) found at Trader Joes. It is the greatest seasoning I have ever used and highly recommend it:
(Salt and pepper works, too.)
My mom will be back next week with a stellar post involving garbonzo beans and I'll likely be back the week after with yet another quinoa-quickie. That is, if you guys aren't sick to death of quinoa by then.
Hope you enjoy!