Well I am just a little fascinated by quinoa at the moment. It is high in protein and low in calories and on the glycemic index. You can use it for anything and it can replace rice in pretty much any recipe. It's also killer easy to make and fast which are two things that are important in a busy lifestyle. If healthy food is both easy and delicious we eat it. If it isn't we may try and eat it for a while but eventually we fall off the wagon. (the healthy food wagon that is!)

The reason I call this Quinoa Surprise is I had never even tried making quinoa when I decided to make it, add a bunch of raw stuff to it, grill some chicken and then surprise! I just made one of my favorite recipes yet! I make it in a big batch and refrigerate a large portion for meals throughout the week! Just grill up a piece of chicken or chop up an avocado and you have a meal in a snap! That's what I call "family fridge foods".

So here is the recipe:

  • Prepare 2 cups of uncooked quinoa according to the package.

Add to it:

  • 1 finely chopped onion (sml-med sized)
  • 1 finely chopped bell pepper of any color
  • 1 handful of basil finely chopped (Noticing a chopping theme?)
  • 1 handful of mint finely chopped
  • 1 handful of cilantro (coriander) finely chopped
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When Quinoa is cooked and fluffed add to a large bowl containing the above finely chopped ingredients. Add 2-3 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a little sea salt to taste and stir. At this point grab a container for the quinoa that you are putting in the fridge and move the amount you need for your current meal into another mixing bowl.

At this point add:

  • 1 handful per 2 portions cashew pieces
  • 1 avocado chopped up.

Throw them in the bowl with the quinoa mixture. The chop up your grilled chicken and serve on the side. I like to press the quinoa into a small bowl just to shape it but you don't have to do that.

I then add sauce sometimes and other times I just eat it as is. I love Thai peanut sauces and hoisen so they often make their way into my bowl. This picture didn't turn out very well (I thought I had one already) but the actual recipe is fantastic!