February 13, 2012

I lied! Weekend Recipe: Quinoa Risotto

Ok, no bike post. Sorry. Wait, no I’m not. You’re not paying me to write this.

Fact: Risotto rules.
Fact: Quinoa rules.
Fact: Making Risotto sort of sucks. All that standing, and mixing, and pouring tiny amounts of broth…ugh.

Solution, make this.

Quinoa Risotto
1c quinoa
4c broth, of whatever kind you like
1c dry sherry
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
5 cloves of garlic, pressed
1/2 tsp nutmeg
A whole bunch of spinach, or other nice veggies
4oz of goat cheese
zest and juice of one lemon

-Get out a big saucepan, and cook up the oil/garlic/pepper flakes for a couple of minutes until things are fragrant.
-Add quinoa (dry) and cook for 1 minute or so.
-Add the sherry, and bring to a boil.
-When the mix is almost dried out, add the broth and simmer for 15 minutes or so, until it’s a wet slush and the quinoa isn’t crunchy anymore.
-Add all the other ingredients, mix up well (the goat cheese is to make everything creamy and risotto-y), cook for another 5 minutes until the spinach is wilted, and serve!