Quinoa Pilaf; books

There was a time when I very carefully planned our weekly menus to include potatoes, rice, pasta and quinoa at least once. I’d usually toss in polenta or couscous as well.

One can find one’s self slipping into a rut so slowly that it’s not noticed until firmly entrenched. Then something shocking happens….

When the pandemic started and I stopped doing my regular weekly shopping, I realized that we had been eating potatoes 5 nights out of 7 with the other 2 nights either rice or pasta. I realized this when I had to start buying enough potatoes for 2 weeks.

No wonder I was getting bored cooking – I was becoming a boring cook.

Time to change…..

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Quinoa Pilaf

Quinoa is incredibly healthy and versatile. It can be used as a simple side dish or in salads, pilafs, or a base for stir-fried or curries.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Sides


  • 1/2 cup (100gr, 3.5oz) quinoa
  • 1 cup (250ml, 8oz) chicken stock
  • 12 carrots, chopped
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs white Balsamic vinegar
  • 68 cherry tomatoes, cut in half


  • Put quinoa and stock in a small saucepan, cover and bring to a boil. 
  • Reduce heat and simmer until done, about 15 minutes (or whatever your package says).
  • Heat oil in a small skillet and sauté shallots, celery and carrots for 5 minutes. 
  • When quinoa is done, stir in sautéed vegetables. 
  • Spoon into a bowl and serve, garnished with tomatoes. 


You can substitute regular Balsamic vinegar or white wine tarragon vinegar for the white Balsamic.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 282
  • Sugar: 5.9 g
  • Sodium: 106.4 mg
  • Fat: 10.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.6 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 38.9 g
  • Fiber: 5.7 g
  • Protein: 9.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: quinoa, pilaf

Quinoa Pilaf

Could someone please ask Amazon to stop sending me the Kindle Daily Deals?

Back in the beginning of time I used to make periodic visits to the book store, spend a pleasurable hour or 2 and leave with a heavy bag full of books. I would do that once or twice a year.

When I no longer had access to a book store with English books I would spend a few hours on Amazon, place an order, and, after a few weeks, receive a big box full of books. I would do that once or twice a year.

Now I get the Kindle Daily deal and always plan on just deleting it. But something stops me and, before I realize what happened, I’m clicking. I tell myself that it’s only .99 or 1.99 and it’s a really good deal and I like that author / have been meaning to try that author / have heard good things about the book / and so on.

It’s not like I need books – I have shelves and shelves of books and more books on my Kinde than fit on my Kindle.

It’s a sickness…..

At least it’s a cheap one.

Now if only I had more time to read…..

8 thoughts on “Quinoa Pilaf; books”

  1. Your comment about making potatoes five nights a week reminded me of Sunday is pot roast, Monday is chicken, Tuesday is…and so on. And you’re right, it’s so easy to fall into some habit like that.

    I get the Daily Deals as well though I don’t buy much at all from them. There’s so much I don’t care to read anymore. As I’ve aged, I guess I’ve gotten a lot more selective than I used to be. I will admit though, as tactile as I am, I’ve bought a book based solely on the feel of the paper it’s printed on, the Kindle is so much easier to tote around. If it’s a personal friend, then I buy both the Kindle and paperback but I’m not buying much in the way of new paperbacks anymore. Now! Antique books, those are altogether different, but we won’t talk about those 😉

    • Monday is hash from the leftover pot roast…..
      If you like old books then you must know Alibris.com. I’ve found a few out-of-print things there. I don’t dare go there any more…. At the beginning of the pandemic I went through my books and collected quite a few to get rid of. Still have them.

  2. Definitely got the Kindle Daily Deal habit here! It’s so hot I’m spending more time sitting in the shade reading rather than pottering round the garden. Hope the storms forecast don’t do too much damage.

    • Last week was way too hot to be in the garden. Even the shade was hot. We’re on a hill so always get strong winds. We deal with it lol

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