Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Pineapple-Cashew-Quinoa Stir-fry

I've heard that this stir-fry from V-con is pretty damn good, but I really wasn't prepared for how good it really is. To be quite honest, it's ridiculous. No joke. It's really easy to make too. You get started the night before by making the quinoa. The quinoa is cooked in a mixture of pineapple juice, water and soy sauce. Then it goes in the fridge overnight.

The next day, you begin by toasting the cashews. Then you saute some garlic, scallions, diced chile pepper and some ginger. Add some fresh mint and basil, and then stir in the quinoa and fresh pineapple. Add the cashews and a mixture of soy sauce, veggie broth and mirin. Heat it through, and that's it. So damn good. Unbelievable, really. I'd like to say this will be in regular rotation, but I've go so many new things I want to make! It may be a while before I'm seeing repeats.

I also baked some chocolate chip cookies for the kids last night. (Really. These are for the kids. I'm seriously trying to drop a few pounds right now.) Well, my dad was in town for the WVU-Pitt game, and in his true fashion he ate at least a dozen of them! He thought they were great. I used my regular recipe, except I was out of whole wheat pastry flour. I subbed white whole wheat instead. I also used real butter this time. They may be the best chocolate chip cookies I've ever made. For real.

I listened to a little Radiohead yesterday. I started getting a little excited about the upcoming show since I posted about it here yesterday. I played a few songs (here's one of my absolute favorite songs ever) from OK Computer, and listened to all of In Rainbows. God, I can't believe I get to see Radiohead again. I'm a lucky girl.


carrie said...

YUM, that stirfry sounds so good. I need to add some more quinoa recipes to my repetoire. I had a quinoa dish planned for this week, but I don't think it's gonna be near as good as this dish sounds!!

The Dalai Mama said...

Carrie: I was so nervous about the quinoa. My previous attempts at making it weren't so great. I think it's hard to find good quinoa recipes.

carrie said...

Last time i used quinoa I made the stuffed peppers from VwaV, they were good. Rob didn't like them too much, he's not a quinoa fan....says it makes his stomach hurt (I'm skeptical!!)

The Dalai Mama said...

Carrie, if you want the recipe for the stir-fry, I'll email it to you. Let me know. It does use some soy sauce, but I think it could be replaced with broth without losing any flavor.

carrie said...

DM - It's nice of you to offer, but I doubt I'll ever make it. Stella's allergic to nuts too, and I tend to not keep them around just in case she gets into them.

I would like that V-con black bean burger recipe though, if you don't mind sharing it.