We’re eating a quinoa salad made with toasted quinoa, fresh zucchini, crisp red bell peppers, fennel, spicy jalapeno slices, cilantro, and blood orange segments tossed with a fresh and zesty blood orange vinaigrette.
A: so, just to clarify for everyone who thinks we eat indulgent mac & cheese all the time, we do eat healthy stuff, too!…. sometimes!
T: Thank goodness you cook healthy food (sometimes) because I truly eat some of the most unhealthy lunches possible, every single day. I do of course mean, california burritos and carnitas. My heart needs a vacation.
A: although we don’t post most of the food we cook, we actually do eat quite a lot of different grains, pretty damn frequently. i just happen to love them all! quinoa, barley, bulgar, you name it, chances are i like it!
T: I think quinoa is my favorite of them all. Wait… is rice a grain?
A: yup, it is. although you tend to only eat white rice, right? white rice has been through soooo much processing to get rid of the hull, it tends to loose the majority of the nutrition.
T: White rice to me is the supreme grain. But after that, quinoa is da bomb. I like white rice because it is such a good vehicle for gravy, curry, soup… it’s a filler. I love quinoa because it’s healthy, tasty, a good texture… and because up close it looks like tiny condoms.
A: tiny rolled condoms! it really does. and it really is SO healthy for you. and just damn tasty. it’s like there’s an echo in the room…
T: we agree because it’s true. As far as I know quinoa hasn’t really hit the mainstream, but its time will come. It’s too good to let sit on the grocer’s shelf.
A: i definately agree it’s too good to sit on the shelf… but it’s definately becoming more and more main stream all the time. shoot, if you can find it in baton rouge, you can probably find people eating it everywhere!
T: uhhh… Baton rouge has a population of 700,000 people.
A: but it’s not exactly a health food mecca…
T: true… but it would be hard to find it in small towns I’m guessing.
A: you guys tell us! if you live in a small town, are you able to find quinoa? (and i mean populations well under 100,000.)
T: that’s a great question. Now I have a question for you, Amanda.
T: let’s say I live in a town that consists of a hardware store and a “freedom fuel”.
A: stop. i don’t care what your question is! my answer is MOVE AWAY!
T: well, if everybody moved away from little towns with only a hardware store and a freedom fuel, how would any new cities ever get started, huh? No need to answer that question. Moving on. My original question was, let’s say I live in a tiny town and I can’t get quinoa. Is there another grain I can substitute in that little recipe down below?
A: sure, you can pretty much substitue any other grain. just cook the grain according to the package then toss it with the rest of the salad. I would really recommend, though, if you can’t find quinoa, you should try ordering it online.
T: good call. So, going back to this particular quinoa salad… I rate it a 4.46/5. I enjoyed the bites of blood orange… that’s not something I eat everyday, but it worked well. I loved the fresh jalapeno, of course. If I could have changed anything I would have added more jalapeno. I’m a fool for some damn fresh jalapeno in salads.
A: i really am too. (which if you’ve read my recent salad recipes, you can tell) i’m on a fresh jalapeno craze.
T: I’m not on a craze. It’s permanent.
A: hmmmm… sometimes i flop between fresh jalapenos and chipotles. whatever it is, i just need the heat. i’m addicted to the spiciness! okay, i give this salad a 3.95/5. it was good. really, it was. but for some reason, it just wasn’t quite as good as the quinoa salads i make with lime vinaigrette. i did particularly like the blood orange segments… perhaps i would add them to a salad made with a lime vinaigrette and it would be shear perfection!
T: perhaps. you know, I agree with you. I think I prefer some of your previous quinoa salads to this one. It was still quite good though.
A: good…. but no orgasmic mac and cheese!
T: hell, woman. now why’d you have to go and bring that up again? Now I want some damn mac n cheese. I was doing great just thinking of quinoa salad. I wasn’t even that hungry. Now i’m thinking about 3-cheese noodles coated with panko. MMmmm… FEED ME.