Aromatic ginger and garlic feature with orange and a touch of cilantro, making this healthy and hearty Ginger-Orange Scented Quinoa a delight for the senses! #ElevateYourPlate @MyDorot
Spring has Sprung!!
I’m super excited for the flavors of Spring! Orange, ginger, garlic, cilantro – all fresh flavors that really pop – especially when combined.
I know quinoa is trendy (or has it been replaced by kale? Or something else buzz-worthy?), but it’s still a staple in my house. I like the rainbow kinds, or ones that have extra stuff in it for texture, color or interest. My favorite is one that has red and white quinoa, plus millet and buckwheat. This recipe works with any quinoa or quinoa blend, though.
The best part of this recipe, seriously, is the lack of chopping. You can have this on the table in less than 30 minutes (sides and main protein, too). Want to know my secret? Of course you do! It’s Dorot pre-portioned frozen cubes of chopped ginger, garlic and cilantro. Pop them right into the water/orange juice used to cook the quinoa, and then breathe in the aromatic goodness! Super easy and convenient – forget the chopping! I seriously couldn’t stop eating this quinoa. The Dorot cubes really kicked up the flavor.
This Ginger-Orange Scented Quinoa is a great side for any kind of protein, I’ve paired it here with grilled salmon, and another side of green beans. Want to grab a fork? Yeah… me too.
I LOVE the convenience of having these ready to pop into a recipe. I have the entire range – basil goes into a marinara sauce, cilantro into southwestern food, and ginger and garlic are just staples that go with pretty much anything. I used to keep ginger root in the freezer and just grate it into whatever, but … the Dorot cubes take 2 seconds, and no dishes. A 2 year life in the freezer (lol – as if it will last that long).
So, how does it compare to fresh?
Because Dorot pulls fresh from the fields, processes and flash freezes into convenient trays within 90 minutes of harvest, it tastes just as fresh as if you had grated or minced it yourself. These little cubes eliminate chopping and measuring, making it effortless to season and flavor your cooking. Plus, ya know – no preservatives or artificial ingredients. Also, raw, vegan, kosher, halal, non-GMO, gluten -free, dairy-free, nut-free and soy-free. Woohoo!
Where do I find them?
Head to Whole Foods! (you’ll find the ingredients for the entire recipe there, too!) You’ll find them with the frozen vegetables.
Conversions – just FYI
Crushed Garlic: 1 cube = 1 garlic clove
Crushed Ginger: 1 cube = 1 teaspoon
Chopped Cilantro: 1 cube = 1 teaspoon
- 1/4 cup blanched toasted, sliced almonds
- chopped fresh cilantro
- orange zest