Thursday, March 7, 2013

Trying Quinoa/Pinterest Fail

M and I decided to hop on the quinoa band wagon and in my opinion I hopped off right after... Wasn't a big fan!!

We decided that we would try cooking it in the rice cooker and what a mess. Either M put in too much water or too much quinoa and it spilt all over the counter as it was cooking. The smell of cooking it was not all that pleasant either. We tried the littlest bit plain after it was cooked and in all honesty it wasn't horrible, similar to rice I suppose. However we tried a recipe off of Pinterest.

This could probably be one of those post about how Pinterest failed you, because it pretty much did!
This is the recipe we followed:

2 cups cooked quinoa {I cook quinoa in my rice cooker – 1 cup quinoa & 1 1/4 cup chicken broth}
3 eggs
1 cup zucchini, shredded
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup diced ham
1 tablespoon dried parsley
3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
1/2 small onion, diced {about 1/4 cup}
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Olive oil for the pans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix to combine. Generously spray 2 mini muffin tins with olive oil { I use a Misto sprayer} and scoop 1 tablespoon into each cup. I like to use a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop for this step. Bake quinoa bites for 18 minutes, or until the edges of the quinoa bites are a nice golden brown. Cool for a few minutes, then remove from pan and eat!

You can find the recipe here.

The only thing I omitted was the zucchini.

I figured this recipe would be a great way to introduce quinoa, however it was just the opposite! All we could really taste was the onion. It pretty much took over the whole taste. It was not good at all!!

M and I still have a bit of quinoa left and we plan to try it again, but most likely we will try it plain!
Do you like quinoa? If so what is your favorite recipe?
Has Pinterest ever let you down?


Sarah and Stewart said...

Aw, bummer that the quinoa didn't work out for you, I love that stuff! My mom makes an amazing black bean summer salad with it, I should try and track down the recipe...

Katie said...

i have failed multiple pinterest recipes and projects! i've never tried quinoa but have always wanted to!

Jenn said...

That stinks that you had a bad experience. Any time that I've made it, I've always cooked it in a pot on the stove. I've enjoyed the two things that I've made with it (stop by my blog and check out the recipes page). One was a side dish to go with chicken and the other was quinoa mac and cheese.

Leigh said...

I've made it a bunch of times and never had any issues with it. It might be because you tried making it in the rice cooker...I'd suggest just making it in a pot with chicken broth. It has a different texture from rice, but still so good. Do you like cous cous?


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