Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Quinoa with corn and onion

On this evening when Tom is away at a conference, I'm cooking a quinoa dish. He doesn't like quinoa, and I love it so I tend to make this when I'm alone for supper. The recipe comes from a cookbook called Café Max & Rosie's. Tonight I also added some frozen summer squash and a little chopped sweet pepper to the onions and it was really delicious. I forgot the basil, but it didn't seem to matter. This makes enough for supper tonight and a couple lunches.

Quinoa with Corn and Onion

1 cup rinsed (for 5 minutes) quinoa - more about quinoa here.
2 cups water
1 cup fresh or frozen corn
1-2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 chopped onion
4 cloves minced garlic
1 teaspoon dried basil

Combine quinoa, water, and corn in a pot on the stove.
Cover and bring to a boil; then lower heat and simmer 20 minutes.
Meanwhile sauté onion (and any other vegetables you wish) in olive oil.
Lower temp and add garlic.
When this has cooked a bit, stir in the quinoa and corn and cook just enough to blend the flavors.

And here is Sooty before Tom left.


  1. Quinoa is awesome! I like to mix it with wild rice and mushrooms. Yum!


  2. If you click on the link, Lezlie, you'll find a wild rice and quinoa muffin that is out of this world. It takes a bit of time but is so so worth it. Glad to meet a fellow fan. I know Tara at Books and Cooks likes it too.

  3. First of all, I love that name Sooty. What a great idea for a black cat.

    I've never even heard about quinoa but it sounds wonderful!

  4. Thanks for this recipe, Nan. I'll add it to my collection for using the corn that is still very plentiful here. I like quinoa but my husband doesn't - it must be a man thing!

  5. Kay, our daughter named him when she was 11. More about both cats here:


    Maureen, If we were closer, you could have come over to eat with me last night. Wouldn't that have been fun! I've been thinking lately of making something from the war cookbook you gave me.

  6. Really like your blog! I have some quinoa in the cupboard, but delayed cooking it. I'll give it a go now.
    Cheers Fran from Calgary

  7. Fran, thanks for coming by. I'm quite sure you are my first visitor from Calgary! Yay! Click on the link in this post for more info on cooking it, etc. I wonder what you'll think of it.

  8. Hi. Quinoa seems like a very delicious dish. I love all meals with corn and onion must also add very good taste. I will try to do it as soon as possible. Thanks for sharing this recipe. After Thanksgiving it will be a nice change. I can't see turkey at least one month.

    Best regards,

  9. I love quinoa too--glad to see someone praising it! It's so nutritious too, high in protein. I substitute it for rice in many dishes.

  10. Jay, I can't imagine how a realtor in Vancouver found a quinoa recipe on my blog! It's a great dish. Hope you like it. I haven't 'seen turkey' in 38 years.:<)

    Mary Lois, it really has such a different flavor. I think you might really love the muffins in the link. There are so many great flavors all in one place - wild rice, quinoa, cranberries.

  11. I just became familiar with quinoa this summer, Nan, and like you, I love it. I've only been able to find the white in our local supermarket, but have had the red and it is delicious as well, and supposedly, even healthier than the regular. Your recipe looks yummy!

  12. Hope you try it and like it, Nancy! I didn't know that about the red and white varieties. Thanks. Usually the white is in bulk and the red is boxed in the stores I've visited.

  13. I'm off to buy wild rice and cranberries to make some muffins for breakfast tomorrow! I'll use half whole wheat flour in your honor, Nan.

  14. Oh, I hope you like them, Mary Lois! I usually use whole wheat pastry. :<(

  15. My quinoa muffins are in the oven. I'll let you know how I like them after I've had a chance to taste. They'll probably be best tomorrow with a cup of coffee, but I won't be able to wait!

  16. Wonderful muffins! Nice texture and body--not cakey or too sweet. I couldn't discern any quinoa taste, but no doubt the wild rice added some tooth. I recommend to your readers.

  17. Mary Lois, I'm thrilled that you made them and that you like them! Thank you for letting me know.

  18. Hi Nan; I made the quinoa and corn dish tonight, and it was very tasty! Good to be able to cook as many grains as possible for variety. Since I found a tiny little rice cooker, I make brown rice more days than not. But this is a good change.
    The other plus is the economical meals.
    Cheers Fran

  19. Fran, I'm so pleased you tried it and that you liked it!


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