I kind of feel like quinoa is the new It Food. I see it everywhere now, like we just invented it. Reminds me of blood oranges back in 2007, though I doubt adding quinoa would improve a martini. Who knows? I'm sure there's a restaurant somewhere sprinkling three grains in the bottom of a Quinoa Martini.
I'm totally on board, however, because it is a perfect (healthier!) alternative to rice. I like to make one-pot dishes that are usually meant to be served over rice. Except I don't care for rice. At all. Ok, I hate rice. I used to use couscous, but apparently quinoa is much better for me. Plus it sounds fancy, and I love faux fancy foods.
I learned about quinoa when my bff (The Most Awesome Person in the World) lived with me in 2009 and did a lot of cooking. She left many mysterious items in the cupboard when she jetted off to Europe, including bags of this grain. It apparently comes in different colors. The all-knowing Google taught me how to cook it, and I've not looked back.
Tonight I made a delicious meal in the crock pot. I quick seared some boneless skinless chicken thighs, about two minutes on each side.
I put them in the crock pot along with onions, carrots, a little butter, garlic, lemon juice, and about a cup of chicken stock.
I cooked it on high for about four hours, then turned it to low for the last hour and a half. Just before they were done, I made some quinoa for the bottom of the bowls. When quinoa is cooked, it grows little tails, like freaky little Darwinian grain.
I had never made chicken thighs before (sheltered, I know) and DUDE THEY WERE SO TENDER. I have had bad experiences with the crock pot, so i was really surprised. I might be a slow-cooker convert now. It makes me look good.
Actual dinner conversation:
Taste tester 1: Darlene, this is really good.
Me: Thank you, that's nice of you to say.
Taste tester 2: Thanks for making it taste good so we don't have to lie.
The recipe came from here, if you're interested. You should be interested. It's really good.