The other day, I was on a crowded elevator, which happens fairly often at my office. While on the elevator, one of my coworkers mentioned that she was uncomfortable on crowded elevators, because she wanted to know that if the elevator got stuck, she’d have a place to sit down. I had honestly never thought about that before — and now I’m pretty sure I’ll think of it every time I’m on a crowded elevator. Awesome.
If I ever did wind up on an elevator that got stuck, I hope it would be with one or two other non-weird, non-smelly, non-nine-months-pregnant people. I would also hope it would happen right after eating this quinoa. Because, in addition to being tasty and vegetarian, this quinoa is seriously the most filling thing I have ever eaten. On a day when I had only a granola bar for lunch and then worked out after work, one bowl full of this left me stuffed. Good stuff!
CHEESY JALAPENO BBQ QUINOA (adapted from Pardon the Dog Hair)
3 cups water
1 1/2 cup quinoa
1 tbsp olive oil
2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
3 roma tomatoes, chopped
2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 cup BBQ sauce, plus more for serving
salt, pepper, and paprika to taste
2/3 cup skim milk
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
1 1/2 cup Mexican blend cheese, grated
3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
1. Preheat oven to 350. In large skillet, add olive oil, quinoa, jalepeno, tomatoes, and garlic. Cook on medium-high for 3-4 minutes. Add in water and barbecue sauce; bring to a boil. Cover and turn heat down to low. Let simmer until all the liquid has been absorbed, about 12-15 minutes.
2. In separate bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, paprika, salt, and pepper. In second bowl, combine grated mozzarella cheese and panko.
3. When quinoa is cooked through, remove from heat and let sit (covered) for about 5 minutes. Slowly pour milk mixture into quinoa, stirring as you pour. Stir in Mexican blend cheese.
4. Pour quinoa mixture into greased 8×8 dish. Sprinkle mozzarella and panko on top. Bake for about 35 minutes. Serve with additional BBQ sauce (can top with green onions, tomatoes, etc.).
This is proof positive that vegetarian food can fill you up. It’s good reheated, too!