Have you ever tried Red Quinoa? They have it at Trader Joe’s, but I also buy it in bulk at our local store. Health food stores probably would carry it as well. It is nuttier and chewier than regular quinoa. It takes longer to cook, but it is minimal active time on your part. You just simmer it in a lot of liquid (I used broth to make it more flavorful) for about 45-50 minutes. Then you mix it with steamed “riced” cauliflower (process raw in food processor and then steam in microwave for 4 minutes).
I like to eat this as a side with veggies and meat. It is really good with curry. And it also good mixed with some real rice! Either way, you are getting a nice dose of protein and wonderful nutrients and fiber.
This weekend is jam packed with various events. On Saturday (tomorrow, May 17, 2014), we will be in Hillsborough, NJ at the Hillsborough Library Children’s Book Festival. If you are in the area, come by! The event is from 10-3 at the Hillsborough Library (379 South Branch Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844). There will be a number of authors and illustrators there signing books and giving presentations. Hopefully it will be nicer weather tomorrow, but regardless, it is indoors, so you don’t have to worry about standing out in the rain!
I’ll be signing Truck Stop, Soup Day, and we will both be signing Hush Little Monster, of course!
On Sunday through Tuesday, I will be at Surtex, one of the major licensing conventions in North America. I’ll be helping Victoria Johnson with her booth (#447!) and checking out all the amazing art at the rest of the show. It’s a great way to learn about the industry which is somewhat unfamiliar to me. Check out this amazing post at Print and Pattern where Victoria and other amazing artists are featured.
Red Quinoa and Cauliflower “Rice”
1/4 cup red quinoa
1 1/4 cup or so of liquid (water, vegetable broth, chicken broth or beef broth)
1/2 half head of cauliflower
1. Simmer quinoa in liquid in a saucepan until quinoa is soft and chewy and most of liquid has been absorbed. Keep an eye on it and stir every 15 minutes or so to make sure there is still liquid in the pan.
2. Meanwhile, process 1/2 head of cauliflower in food processor until finely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl, cover with saran, and cook in microwave for 4 minutes. Let sit while quinoa cooks.
3. Mix quinoa and cauliflower together. Season to taste.