Sunday, August 16, 2009

Peruvian Quinoa Stew

Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home

  • ½ cup quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup zucchini, cubed
  • 2 cups undrained tomatoes, canned or fresh
  • 1 cup vegetable stock (or water)
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons fresh oregano (1 teaspoon if dried)
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • Salt, to taste
  • Optional garnishes: sour cream, chopped cilantro, chopped green onions, and/or cheese

1. Rinse the quinoa in a fine sieve.
2. Place in pot with water and cook, covered, on medium low for 15 minutes until soft. Set aside.
3. While the quinoa cooks, sauté the onions and garlic in a deep pot in oil for 5 minutes on medium heat.
4. Add celery and carrots and cooked another 5 minutes, stirring often.
5. Add the bell peppers, zucchini, tomatoes and water or stock.
6. Stir in cumin, chili powder, ground coriander, cayenne and oregano and simmer for 10-15 minutes until vegetables are tender.
7. Stir cooked quinoa into the stew and add salt to taste.
8. Serve topped with your choice of fresh coriander, grated cheddar and sour cream.

Tim's Rating: 9.5/10 ("Would rate it a 10 if it were spicier.")
Liz's Rating: 9/10

Recipe Notes: Serves 4, or makes 7 8-oz servings.

Nutritional Information (per 8-0z serving):
140 calories, 2.8g protein, 4.7g fat, 22.9g carbohydrate, 52mg sodium, 0mg cholesterol.

Notes: This was one of those meals where I felt like I was getting healthier with every bite.


Joelen said...

I need to try more Peruvian dishes and this looks like a fantastic one to try soon! I'm always looking for new, exciting ways to prepare quinoa so thank you for sharing this. It's great catching up with your blog with all the delicious entries you've posted recently and hopefully I'll have more time in the future to stop by and comment!

wifeplzak said...

so glad you are back to blogging! I have missed your updates!

Erin said...

I agree, welcome back! I think you have very similar tastes to my own, so I always like your recipes. I love love love quinoa, so this one sounds like a fun new way to cook with it!

Jen said...

I discovered your blog while you were on hiatus. I am so happy to see a new post. I, too, loved watching The Amazing Race. I also love your rating system. I really like quinoa and will have to try this recipe. Thanks!