Quinoa is a relatively new food to me. I was first introduced to it at a friend's house two years ago. She had made a birthday cake for her husband's birthday using quinoa; it was a chocolate cake and quite good. Now it seems to be popping up everywhere. It reminds me of couscous and I've been finding it handy for sitr-fry type dishes. It cooks up quite fast itself and can work well with many foods and in many recipes.
Here I am frying a little onion and yellow pepper. I have thawed shrimp and a bowl of cooked quinoa ready to go. It will all be mixed together with a little sauce and seasonings.
This is what I used for a sauce... 1/4 cup of chicken broth, 2 tablespoons of soya sauce, 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, a little sugar, and a little pepper. Quinoa needs some seasoning to have a flavour, for sure. I served naan bread with this along with mango juice for hubby.
High in protein, quinoa is an excellent substitute for rice in salads and stir fries.