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Quinoa Primavera with Chicken, Spring Peas and Asparagus

By Mara Fleishman, March 9, 2009  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Mara Fleishman
Celebrate the first flavors of spring with a fresh and easy weeknight-friendly meal. Join host Scott Simons for this encore Secret Ingredient presentation featuring tips and tricks for making dinnertime effortless and more nutritious with this episode’s secret ingredient, quinoa. Quinoa is one of the world’s most ancient grains and brings versatility and nutty flavor to the table. It’s the only complete grain-based protein and is packed with eight essential amino acids. Buy it in bulk for eco-savings and be kind to your wallet and the world. Get the Recipe: Quinoa Primavera with Chicken, Spring Peas and Asparagus

 

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Cindy Robinson says ...
I would like to know if you hava ever used Black Quinoa? I found some in a market, and have not tried it yet.
03/31/2009 2:18:35 PM CDT
Louise Ross says ...
I've been buying WFs (conventional) asparagus nearly every week of late; @ $2.99 lb it's a great deal. Plus, I'm not nervous about eating non-organic asparagus because it's rarely treated with pesticides.
03/09/2009 6:38:50 PM CDT
sarah says ...
Isn't this a really old podcast? I have made this recipe 4-5 times and its a favorite in my house. Completely delicious and refreshing.
03/09/2009 2:59:46 PM CDT
hsiaw says ...
@sarah You're correct. As we mentioned in the note under the video, it's an encore presentation of one of our favorites. Glad that you enjoy this recipe and we hope new visitors to our blog will feel inspired to make it as well! :)
03/09/2009 3:20:05 PM CDT
Tere B says ...
I know quinua is an excellent and nutritional food, but I will like know if is safe for people with diabetes, a friend of mine said that will elevate the sugar in blood. PLEASE CONFIRM
03/11/2009 5:13:43 PM CDT
Jean Slocum says ...
I have to say that asparagus is a product where herbicides are used in heavy doses.
03/12/2009 5:34:34 AM CDT
D. Reeder says ...
The recipe is fine, and I do love quinoa. But the video itself was irritating. That "perky" music was too distracting and loud, and it made me feel like I was watching one of those horrid late-night infomercials sellling the beauty cream or the gym treadmills. Better to use lower volume on the music and choose some quiet restful music (like some classical chamber music), not exercising-in-the-gym music. Also, I am always shocked when pieces are not edited for proper language usage and grammar. And the cook in this video made a real language error when he said "similar" instead of "similarly". You might not have been taught to use language grammatically, but to well-educated people who have been, that sort of mistake sticks out and is as irritating and distracting as hearing someone scraping fingernails across a blackboard. Please, for future videos have a decent language editor watch them before releasing them. And do away with the exercising music or change it to something mellow and calming, at a much lower volume. I could hardly pay attention to the recipe with that going on. Otherwise, the recipe and demonstration won't be watched all the way through. Which would be a shame, as the recipe itself looks fine. Thank you for listening to my suggestions for improving future videos.
03/12/2009 9:05:49 AM CDT
Bernice Himber says ...
I am a new user of your newsletter. I find it extremely helpful and informative. The secret ingredient - quinoa - is new to me and I look forward to trying out the recipe with the chicken,asparagus, peas and spinach. Keep up the good work!!
03/13/2009 9:44:23 AM CDT
L. Dillon says ...
This link says fewer pesticides are used on asparagus because they are less susceptible to pests. http://www.thedailygreen.com/healthy-eating/eat-safe/Save-on-Sustainable-Gallery-44032808
03/13/2009 12:44:33 PM CDT
aaron philibert says ...
will thoroughly enjoy this for years. the combination of the quinoa with onion, peas, chicken, asparagus and spinach looks / sounds just great. it is too bad that the music was such a distraction to d reeder. i guess i am so accustomed to this that i really didn't notice. or maybe too absorbed in the food preparation.
03/16/2009 1:38:25 PM CDT
EFFIE STEELE says ...
Video very distracting. Info very good. Never tried quinua but intend to because the recipe looks good and nutrition info interesting. Please include more recipes, if possible, for quinua.
03/19/2009 6:11:03 PM CDT
Tanya Salley says ...
Price of Quinoa- I love quinoa, and have noticed the price has been escalating rapidly- what is going on, is there a shortage, is there a sustainability issue? Thanks!!!
03/23/2009 11:59:16 AM CDT
hsiaw says ...
@Tanya I've done some research and a combination of a short crop (due to weather conditions) and increased demand in 2008 has driven prices up. For more information, check out: http://www.andeannaturals.com/AN/News/Entries/2008/8/28_Unprocessed_quinoa_prices_almost_triple_in_2008.html
03/23/2009 3:10:00 PM CDT
Chicken says ...
I have used this recepie with black quinoa, its a little more crunchy and i preffer it. Black quinoa is crunchier in texture and has a stronger grain-like flavor.
04/11/2009 4:35:27 PM CDT
Kiya says ...
I liked the way they showed how easy it is to cook quinua. I cook it in different forms, and the truth is that the grain absorbs flavors easily, and it has a mild yet pleasant flavor, making it easy to combine with vegetables or white meat. Not to be fastidious, but I would like to comment on the pronounciation of the cook. The word quinua comes from a spanish interpretation of a quechua word. In both languages, the accent is placed on the first syllable, not the last one. The way they pronounce it in the video makes it sound french, instead.
04/22/2009 12:15:07 PM CDT
Home Brew says ...
I do like quinua and sometimes serve it instead of rice with my curry. Has anyone tried that? If not I advise it :)
06/20/2009 12:03:31 PM CDT
Katie Ledger says ...
Cous Cous is far nicer. I've tried and tried to like quinoa but i guess its just not for me.
06/25/2009 6:18:55 AM CDT
Susan says ...
I made this meal as a side without the chicken but instead added fresh rosemary and italian parsley. It was delicious alongside grilled haddock and a fresh salad. I think the addition of more flavor using herbs contributed significantly.
07/27/2009 2:22:36 PM CDT
pancakes says ...
I love these Secret Ingredient podcasts and find they give me so much inspiration for cooking at home! I wish the comments here wouldn't be quite so spiteful! For folks concerned about grammar and pronunciation, it's surprising how many spelled QUINOA incorrectly! ;-)
02/16/2010 6:14:47 PM CST
hsiaw says ...
You may want to look into any number of vegan meat alternatives - seitan would likely be the best in terms of texture and taste if you want something very similar to the chicken. Just ask in your local store for what they've got and I'm sure a helpful Team Member can guide you to a bevy of options.
01/11/2010 10:28:31 AM CST
Lockie Markusen says ...
HI! i love the video and great Quinoa intro. But given that so many of your customers are vegetarians, could you tell us how to substitute the gorgeous roasted chicken in this recipe for something else? i love the salty, meaty, savory texture of the chicken but HELP- i am trying to go vegetarian and still want to make your dish. Thank you Whole Foods for existing in my market of Minneapolis/St.Paul. we love you.
01/10/2010 9:22:13 PM CST
ellen says ...
I was really shocked at the audacity of that comment by D Reeder! We are all just having fun and learning to cook! Wow does He/she think they are better than everyone! You got issues D. Reeder! Go ahead critique my blog! I'm still enjoying Whole Foods cooks!
11/12/2009 7:27:38 PM CST
Onilda says ...
I just made this recipe last week. Love it! Instead of water, I cooked the quinoa with Organic Chicken Broth. I also used fresh English Peas from WFM Produce Dept.
01/27/2010 9:29:35 PM CST
Cynthia says ...
Love quinoa..better than brown rice. Mix with veggies like cabbage sprout or zucchini cut in strips and use chicken broth. Yummy! Quinoa is lighter in stomach. You can eat as much as you want but it is filling that you won't feel 'heavy' but it is satisfying.
03/11/2012 10:01:58 PM CDT