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Friday, August 29, 2008

Mexican night!

A few days ago I made Slow Cooked Pinto Chicken with Corn and Quinoa. What is quinoa?

Although not a common item in most kitchens today, quinoa is an amino acid-rich (protein) seed that has a fluffy, creamy, slightly crunchy texture and a somewhat nutty flavor when cooked. Quinoa is available in your local health food stores throughout the year.

Most commonly considered a grain, quinoa is actually a relative of leafy green vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard. It is a recently rediscovered ancient "grain" once considered "the gold of the Incas."
-The World's Healthiest Foods
I was able to purchase a box of quinoa at Hannaford. I made a quinoa pilaf with it a few weeks ago and that was delicious as well. It's also gluten-free. It seems to absorb the flavors of the meal quite well making it quite versatile. You can even make a breakfast porridge with it.

Slow Cooked Pinto Chicken with Corn and Quinoa
(borrowing the picture from GreenLittleBites)
  • 1 lb (16oz) of chicken breast trimmed and cut into large chunks
  • 1 15oz can of cream style corn
  • 1 15 can of pinto beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 can of diced tomatoes
  • ½ tsp ground sage
  • 1 tsp dried chives
  • 1 tsp dehydrated onion
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp dried cilantro
  • 1 cup (170g) uncooked quinoa

Put all ingredients except quinoa in a crock pot on low and cook for about 6 hours.

A half an hour before dinner, add the quinoa. It will soak up the remaining liquid.

It was very delicious and very filling. I wasn't hungry again for a looong time! I'd definitely suggest trying out this recipe.

I also made a loaf of Mexican bread in the bread machine.

Mexican Sunset Bread

3/4 cup water
3 1/3 cups bread flour
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 tablespoons taco mix
3 tablespoons chunky salsa
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon dried cilantro
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

Place the ingredients in the bread pan in the order recommended by your
machine's manufacturer. Process on the appropriate cycle.

This recipe yields a 1 1/2 pound loaf.

This too was very tasty and moist. The following day I made chili with the ground moose burger that my father-in-law supplied. It went very well with the chili as well!

So there's my recipes for today. How is everyone doing? Have a great Labor Day weekend!


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