June 17, 2010
Check out those bangin’ 90′s graphics!
Yep. That’s stuck in my head now because I made blue food for lunch yesterday.
Blueberry Quinoa with Chickpeas
1/2 cup quinoa, dry
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup blueberry juice (I used Naked brand)
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/2 pint fresh blueberries
1/3 cup raisins
a dash of vanilla extract
a quirt of agave nectar, maple syrup, or honey to sweeten (to taste)
1/2 t cinnamon (or more , depending on your taste)
a pinch of salt (to taste)
First, toast your quinoa in a pan. It’s like toasting nuts. Don’t add any oil, and just let the quinoa heat up and become golden brown. Just move them around every so often to make sure they’re not burning. When you can smell it getting all toasty, add in your almonds and let them toast for just a moment, too. They may begin to pop like popcorn – if that happens, turn your heat down. After about three more minutes of toasting, add in your water, vanilla, and blueberry juice.
Once your liquid is in, you want to actually cook the quinoa. Cover the pan, bring it up to a boil and then put it down to a steady simmer. You want the quinoa to absorb all of the liquids and become fluffy. Add more liquid if you need to.
When the quinoa is cooked, add in your cinnamon, chickpeas, raisins, and blueberries.
Cover and let it heat through.
Serve, garnished with almond joy.
It sounds like it’s an odd dish, but the flavors really work well together. The chickpeas absorb the blueberry flavor and combined with the quinoa you’ve got a wonderful source of healthy, complete protein. This could be enjoyed warm or cold, as brekkie or not.
Da ba de da ba daaaai.
I remember this song all too well. I used to play it in the car on my supa-awesome handheld CD player over and over again. I was so cool. But now I’ll never look at blueberries the same way again.
What’s your favorite 90′s song?