My sewing room has been feeling neglected so I spent time in there instead of browsing recipe books. But dinner is needed and I was thinking of something simple like bacon and eggs when I took a break and looked through my “recipes of interest” notebook. And there I found a recipe for a quinoa and green bean salad. In fact I found two variations. I say to myself “Self, there are green beans in need of fixing! And there is quinoa in the pantry.” Although salads can be nice for lunch and can work for suppers, I think hubby would like more substance. How about adding the bacon and eggs? And serving it warm?
I put together what I want to use. Servings for two. (You can double the quinoa and the beans if you want to serve four.)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 small onion, diced
- olive oil for the skillet
- 1/4 pound bacon, diced
- 1/2 cup quinoa
- 1/2 pound green beans
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley, plus sprinkle for garnish
- 3-4 eggs, poached
First make the dressing: whisk together the vinegar, 1/4 cup olive oil, and parsley.
Put a bit of olive oil in a skillet to saute the garlic and onion. I then added the diced up bacon. Oh boy does this make the kitchen smell good! When the bacon is cooked I added the quinoa and stirred it for one minute. I am adding the amount of water per the quinoa package directions, so this is 1 cup. This is then brought to a boil, the skillet is covered, the heat lowered and let simmer for 15 minutes or per the quinoa package directions.
Meanwhile blanch the green beans just for a few minutes until bright green. (Do these look brighter green?) They should be al dente.
After the quinoa has been cooked per package instructions and let sit for 5-10 minutes to finish absorbing the liquid, stir in the green beans and the dressing. Keep this warm.
Now to poach the eggs. I have not really studied how best to do poached eggs. I think I read somewhere to put a little vinegar in the water but I am not sure. I bring about a half inch of water to a boil in a skillet. Then I slowly pour each egg into the water. I cover the pan and wait for the whites to solidify. How did I do?
Scoop the quinoa mixture into serving bowls and carefully place an egg or two on top.
Quinoa is one of those super foods that is being touted as something we all should eat. It provides protein. fiber, and essential vitamins and other nutrients. I have some other recipes I plan to try out in hopes to put this in our diet. Stay tuned.