Basics: Quinoa

Makes : about 3 cups (4 side-dish servings) | Basics , Salads/Sides Dairy Free , Vegan , Vegetarian

Until recently, it was hard to find someone who could even pronounce quinoa (it’s KEEN-wah) let alone serve it routinely at home. But like many other ingredients that I once secretly enjoyed for cheap (boneless chicken thighs, skate wing), this one is becoming a darling of the American food scene. I’ve even started noticing it on restaurant menus! Quinoa, known as the Andean supergrain, boasts an outstanding nutritional profile, even earning the title “complete protein”. Its flavor is earthy and faintly bitter, partly due to a natural coating of saponin surrounding the quinoa. Most companies […]

Basics: Millet

Makes : about 4 cups | Basics , Salads/Sides Dairy Free , Vegan , Vegetarian

Millet needs a good ad campaign. Do you remember the last time you heard someone say, “Wow, I really have a hankering for some millet”? So what’s the problem? I totally get that millet appears—and not infrequently—as a component of birdseed. I also get that people generally don’t enjoy eating birdseed. But despite its bad rap, millet is an exceptionally hearty grain, both nutritious and economical. (I’ve seen it in bulk bins for as little as $1.49/pound. You should use your judgment when it comes to bulk bins, though, in regards to potential cross-contamination.) It […]