Tri-Color Quinoa: Cajun-style

Last night, I cooked another quinoa dish, but this time, I used the Organic Tri-Color Quinoa, from Trader Joe’s. With the blend of colors, it turned out to be one of the prettiest dishes! 🙂
As you may have seen, the native Peruvian quinoa plant bears seeds on top that range in a variety of colors—from white, orange, red, purple, to black.  What’s the difference? 

Organic Tri-Color Quinoa, Trader Joe’s, $4.99
The colors depend on the variety of the plant, but there is no nutritional difference.  They are all rich in protein, high in fiber and a good source of vitamins.  The most common colors are white, red and black.
  • White quinoa, sometimes a pale yellow color, resembles white rice when cooked because of the fluffiness.   It is the most common and has the mildest flavor of all varieties.
  • Red quinoa, varying from dark red to orange, turns a brownish color when cooked.  It resembles brown rice in color and also in its earthy, nutty flavor.  The red type is a slight bit chewier and crunchier. 
  • Black quinoa is a hybrid that was first grown in the Colorado Rockies.  It is the darkest, crunchiest, and nuttiest in flavor than the other varieties.
I love cooking with quinoa because the mild flavor absorbs a range of ingredients, including most herbs, broths, sauces and vegetables.  A completely different meal can be cooked, just by changing the spices and additions!  Here is the one I made…
Quinoa: Cajun-style
1 cup quinoa
2 cup water
1 1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp basil
1/2 c. green onion
1/2 c. celery
1 can beans
1 c. frozen corn
1 T olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Lime juice to taste

Directions:
  1. Mix quinoa into the saucepan and cover with water; cook according to directions. 
  2. Season with cumin, cayenne pepper, and basil.  
  3. Stir frozen corn into the saucepan, and continue to simmer about 5 minutes until heated through. Mix in the black beans, green onion, celery.
  4. Add olive oil, salt, pepper and lime juice to taste
adding green onions and celery to the mix

the final product!
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