A few weeks ago we took a ride to New Bedford to visit Sid Wainer & Son. It is a gourmet food store with a test kitchen. When you arrive, you have the opportunity to taste many different prepared foods using the ingredients which are sold at the store. Not only do they have the ingredients, but they have a produce section with every imaginable fruit and vegetable, a multiple offering cheese section as well as meats and fresh bread.
We like to purchase their gourmet sausages because of their wide selection, maple wood bacon, quinoa, arborio rice, mini-yukon fingerling potatoes, hazelnut chocolate...I could go on and on. The best part of going is when I need a gourmet ingredient, I know I can find it there. I also get to try different types of dishes and they give you a recipe card so you can make it at home.
This quinoa and salsa dish was adapted from Sid Wainer's. We added black beans to the mix because of the Mexican flare. If you like heat with these types of ingredients, I would recommend 1/2 to 1 jalapeno, chopped finely.
This is a great hot or cold side dish for any meal. We happened to be making fish that night and it was perfect because it was bursting with flavor. The sweet peppers, corn, beans and the hint of salsa made for a perfect combination. And just think, quinoa is good for you, add fresh vegetables and herbs, a little bit of olive oil...perfect!
This made about 10-12 side dish servings. After we fed eight for dinner that night, people fought over who would be taking the quinoa for lunch the next day. If you like quinoa, we have another recipe, Quinoa, Mango and Black Bean Salad, and it is equally as good.
2 cups of quinoa
4 cups of chicken broth
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup of fresh salsa
1 large green pepper, seeded and diced
1 large red pepper, seeded and diced
1 large carrot, peeled and diced
1/3 cup of chopped cilantro
1/3 cup of chopped chives
1/3 cup of chopped parsley
1 cup of white shoe peg corn (cooked)
1 (15 ounce) can of black beans
salt and black pepper
Cook quinoa according to directions. Instead of water, use chicken or vegetable broth. You will get 4 cups of cooked quinoa. In a large bowl, add quinoa, vegetables, beans, and herbs. Toss with the salsa and oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.