I have a feeling this will be the last quinoa recipe for a while.
I think Big Guy is burnt out on quinoa.
But I tried to switch things up a bit and went with red quinoa. I have never cooked or tasted red quinoa and was surprised at the difference from the regular quinoa I know and love.
The texture I think is the main difference and probably why it wasn’t Big Guy’s favorite. It was very course and didn’t soften as much when cooked.
I used to red quinoa to make Balsamic and Grape Quinoa.
Along with quinoa and grapes, the salad has parsley, salt, EVOO and balsamic vinegar mixed in.
One way I used up the leftovers was by mixing the original quinoa salad with some chickpeas for added protein.
And on the side, Big Guy’s favorite mustard-braised brussels.
I think the brussels made up for the quinoa.
At least I hope so.