American Quinoa

It’s Fridayyyyyy!  Not only is it Friday, but it’s the Friday before Labor Day Weekend!!!  Of course, y’all already knew that, didn’t you?  I just thought it was worth repeating.

Here’s a little something I cooked up on Sunday.  It’s a little strange, but it’s good, which I think makes it a prime candidate for Laura’s Strange But Good linkup!


I’m calling this American Quinoa because like our great states, it’s a hot mess of blended flavors.

quinoaQuinoa, the ancient grain, can be found in many South American dishes, but it has migrated to the states.  The gluten-free seed (yup, technically a seed) cooks quickly and has a respectable amount of protein, including all nine essential amino acids.

The recipe also calls for Rotel, which has a sort of Southwestern flare, and Old Bay, which makes me think of the Mid-Atlantic.  There’s also a bit of turmeric, which is found in a lot of traditional Indian recipes. 

quinoaAll this worldliness makes this quinoa American, at least in my book.  More importantly, it’s simple and delicious.  I served this with kabobs, which were stacked with sirloin, bell pepper, and red onion.  ‘Twas tasty!

American Quinoa
Recipe type: side dish
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 2-4
  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cups quinoa
  • 1 can Rotel with green chilies
  • ½ tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • ⅓ tsp turmeric
  1. Bring water to a boil. Add quinoa. Reduce to a simmer. Cook covered for 10 minutes.
  2. Pour Rotel into pot. Stir in Old Bay and turmeric. Simmer uncovered 10 minutes or until done.


  • Got plans for the weekend?
  • Old Bay: yay or nay?


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27 Responses to American Quinoa

  1. Linz says:

    i like the sound of this quinoa!! quinoa is like the most versatile food ever!

  2. I love how this is such an easy way to spice up quinoa. It looks great!

    I actually have no idea what I’m doing yet this weekend but it’s my city’s annual Rib Fest, so I’d like to hit that up at some point.

    Have a great weekend girl!

  3. This sounds so good!! I love new ways to eat quinoa :)

  4. Lol I love your reasoning behind the name :P But I actually have no idea what Old Bay is… and no idea what I’ll be doing this weekend. I know there’s a trip to the farmers’ market and a blogger meetup on the agenda, but other than that? I’ll just be winging it I guess.

    Happy Friday!

  5. Sounds pretty darn good for a quick easy side dish!

  6. This sounds fantastic! Never heard of old bay. Off to montreal for the weekend! Can’t wait to escape for a little while :)

  7. Oh definitely yes to Old Bay! My husband and I are huge fans! We also love quinoa, so this dish sounds so yummy and super flavorful!

  8. I love Old Bay! My dad always used to use it whenever he was making beer battered fish or cooking shrimp in any form. So good. And my plans for this weekend involve moving…so there goes my long weekend :-p

  9. Sounds great to me! We have some old bay but don’t use it often. It’s probably bad LOL

  10. Sounds delicious. I tried to make quinoa once and it was a mess. I think I need a basic tutorial on on this rinsing mess. ;-)

  11. Great idea! Quinoa is so versatile. I make rice with Totel tomatoes sometimes, this seems like it’d be a good substitute.

  12. Looks delish! I may be the only one who doesn’t like Quinoa but I think it could work with couscous too!

  13. YUM!! I love how easy and simple this sounds. I cannot wait to try it. I LOVE Old Bay!

  14. I have recently started cooking with turmeric, I really like it with roasted vegetables. This American quinoa sounds like another great way to use it. Yum!

  15. I have never heard of rotel or old bay! eek…

  16. Looks looks so delicious!
    Have a great long weekend!

  17. oh I love this, it’s super easy and with some good anti-inflammatories for me post run!!

  18. That looks delicious because I love Old Bay!

  19. I never could get into quinoa! Something about the texture,

  20. “Hot mess of blended flavors” – gotta remember that one again when describing the U.S. :) Happy long weekend!

  21. Apparently strange minds think alike – I did quinoa too!!! I love your “American” dish. I want to describe restaurants like that so often. But what’s American? LOL!

    Turmeric is such a great add – it has crazy-good health benefits!

  22. Oh girl, that quinoa is calling my name!! Loving the flavors!

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