One of my favorite things to make is quinoa because it’s super easy (it’s difficulty level is equivalent to pasta), healthy, and most importantly, you can make it any flavor you want – it’s the oatmeal of lunch and dinner foods. Tonight I decided to make an Indian flavored quinoa. While boiling my quinoa, I sautéed:
- Bell peppers
- Tofu (chickpeas and black beans are an excellent add in or alternative if you don’t like tofu)
- Green beans
- Cherry tomatoes
I put them in the pan in that order. I tend not to measure my ingredients when cooking unless I’m actually following a recipe. I normally eye-ball it and do whatever seems best, which I think is the best way to cook sometimes. Once the quinoa, tofu and vegetables were finished cooking, I added them all together in a big bowl. I then added a generous amount of Tikka Masala along with a touch of Sriracha. For spices I added some cumin, garlic salt, and red peppers flakes. Curry and garam masala are also delicious in this recipe but I am currently out. To finish it off, I cut some mozzarella into small cubes and mixed it in until it was beginning to melt and become stringy and gooey. The Tikka Masala has a sweet tomato yogurt taste, and the other seasonings give it some spice and more of an Indian flavor. The quinoa is very filling because it’s high in protein, and the tofu adds to this. I find that I can eat a bowl of this and feel stuffed, yet satisfied because of how flavorful the spices and Tikka Masala are. This dish is healthy and nutrient filled, yet savory.