If you haven’t heard, seen, taste or felt what Quinoa is…here’s a crash course! The culinary world that has been overtaken with quinoa love; the same world that slowly but surely is turning towards whole grains. Cookbooks, magazines, television shows, radio programs and every single other media outlet mentions it at least once a day, in the shape of recipes, new blog posts, or new products. Pronounced keen-wah, quinoa is known as the “Mother Grain” and is considered one of the healthiest grains available to us. Originating in the Andean region of Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and Bolivia, it was once an accesible crop that fed this nations. Now, with all the media attention that quinoa is getting, fewer locals in these countries can now afford it. Hopefully a balance can be reached and we can all share the wealth! One of the companies that’s best doing this is The Quinoa Corporation, who brought the first 50 lb bag of quinoa into the United States. Through their own brand, Ancient Harvest Quinoa, they offer a wide variety of products that I had the opportunity to test out and play around with. You can purchase their pastas, quinoa grain, and polenta in their online store. Here are my favorite two recipes: Quinoa Pasta in an Herb & Mushroom Sauce and a Sausage Ragu over Quinoa Polenta.
- In a hot cast iron pan, crumble sausage and sear for 2 minutes. Add chopped pepper and onion and cook until translucent. Add tomatoes and let simmer for 20 minutes. Season with sugar, salt and pepper.
- To serve, slice 1/2 inch thick slices of quinoa polenta and sear in hot butter. Serve with ragu on top and cheese. Top with fresh basil if available.
Disclaimer: Quinoa Corporation provided quinoa products to make this post possible. As always, all my opinions are 100% my own and based on personal recipe testing and tasting!