Quinoa and us, the anti-climax

I’m not sure what possessed me to buy a whole bag of this. But I did.

Yup, you see it right there inside that mushroom cap, peeking out from underneath the layer of cheese.


That’s right. Quinoa.

I’m sorry I can’t post a close-up because just looking at it gives me goosebumps! This is the best I can do. As long as I don’t see it, I’m fine. I mean, after all, it’s just a grain, right? And the name sounds so cool some celebrity will name their baby after it, just you wait.

So how was I to know an innocent grain could look so utterly unattractive when cooked?

Okay, here’s the story. I’ve been reading about quinoa. The rave reviews. The health benefits. The disclaimer, I’m not someone who falls for health fads like detoxes or enzymes or electronic belts that can jiggle away your belly fat (huh!), or whatever’s making the rounds on the internet today.

I prefer to err on the side of common sense and I do my homework before I even think about jumping onto the bandwagon. Exactly why I don’t bother with Facebook. Apparently some people (not all) get such a big kick from posting a bunch of bull. And people actually believe that bull!! 🙄

Quinoa, now that’s a different story. It’s not an urban legend. It’s not from an email spam written by some 10-year-old kid with too much time on his hands. Quinoa is supposed to be good for you and I thought we could actually be good together. But I just can’t stomach looking at it!

You know we don’t like to waste food. *sigh* So I forced down 4 of those quinoa stuffed mushrooms, Hip2bDaughter2 ate 3 with her eyes closed and Hip2bDaughter1 only managed 1 before she started to gag. We were laughing so hard we almost fell off our chairs as we tried to wash it all down with a gallon of iced lemon tea. Pretty traumatic but funny! 😆

Now I have a whole bowl left over! No one’s going to eat it. So it’s going to the dogs. Or birds. Literally. I’m dropping the whole bag of it off at the park with a little note to our feathered and furry friends, Enjoy and here’s to good health! Hip2bDaughter2, my animal lover, is going, Mom, are you trying to kill the birds in the park? Or the dogs? 🙄 No, honey, they’ll be in the pink of health when they’re done with dinner.

I have a whole bag of uncooked quinoa in my pantry! It’s expensive and I don’t want to waste it. What am I going to do? I’m thinking maybe I should make quinoa dog food for Tyson. Now where do I find quinoa recipes for dogs?


  • Andrea

    OMG! I am peeing here. Seriously. I have been looking for quinoa for weeks now. I think I should try it and that I have to – so I keep trying to find it and come up with ideas of what to DO with it. ACK! I’m even pinning recipes left and right. Now what? Should I even bother trying?

    • Clairity

      You should definitely try it. It may not look as bad to you. But if you’re not sure, don’t buy a whole bag. I think Whole Foods has some quinoa dish on their buffet. You should probably try that first and see how you like it. Good luck and let me know how it goes for ya 😆 .

  • Kathy

    Oh my! I just bought a bag of quinoa too! I did try that stuff though that they have at Whole Foods on the buffet once, cause ya know it’s supposed to be so damn healthy, and I was not keen on it at all.
    Since we are doing gluten-free though, I have seen hoards of recipes with quinoa flour used, so I bought the bag with the intent to mill it for flour and use a little at a time added to breads and such, much like I use flax seed. I don’t think I am going to be making any amazing quinoa salads though.

  • Camille

    Lol! Yeah, quinoa seems to be all the rage right now, and I haven’t hopped on that bandwagon yet. My mom says once you get the hang of making it, it tastes pretty good.