Friday, October 22, 2004

Sesame Tofu with Quinoa

I've discovered quinoa, the ancient, super-nutritious, high-protein grain from South America. I've known about it for a while, but never tried cooking with it until I found a simple recipe in Cooking Light magazine and a box of the grain at Trader Joe's.

I wasn't blown away by the recipe, but I was pleased with the quinoa and plan on using it more often. Here's the recipe for Sesam Tofu with Quinoa:

  • 8 oz extra firm tofu, drained and cubed (I just used a whole package which was closer to 14 oz.)

  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds

  • Olive oil

  • 1 1/2 cups of vegetable stock (I upped it to 2 cups.)

  • 1 cup of uncooked quinoa (I upped it to 1 1/2 cups.)

  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions

Saute the tofu with the sesame seeds in olive oil for a few minutes. Remove tofu from pan and set aside. Fry the quinoa in the pan for a couple of minutes. Then, pour in the vegetable stock and salt. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce heat and let simmer for 20 minutes. When quinoa is finished, toss with tofu, soy sauce, and green onions.

I served this with spinach that I sauted with a little garlic and olive oil. While the dish wan't bad, I thought it was kind of bland. I splashed some lemon juice on it which helped brighten up the flavor a little. Normally, when I cook with tofu, I use a lot of seasoning and I let it brown in the pan. The tofu prepared in this dish had little to no flavor.

I did like the texture and flavor of the quinoa. Cooking it in a rich vegetable stock had a lot to do with the flavor, I'm sure. It was just as easy to prepare as rice or cous cous, so I will plan on using it in future recipes, just not this one. If anyone has any good quinoa recipes, let me know!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yum, that sounds good (must be time for lunch). I love quinoa, not that I've ever cooked it, but I love eating it. Lisa makes this african peanut stew that she serves with quinoa and it's a killer combo. God, I'm hungry.

11:53 AM  
Blogger Stacy said...

I'd love to get the recipe for the peanut stew! And it is lunch time isn't it!?

12:14 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

I also have a recipe for a minted fruit salad with quinoa and yogurt. It's not exactly the weather for it (feels more like soup weather to me), but I can bring it in if you want.

10:54 AM  

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