Three Ingredients: Bacon, Corn, and Quinoa Dish
I've become a big fan of quinoa, so imagine my delight when I was strolling down the aisles of Costco and came across this four pound bag of it.
When it came to buying quinoa before, I went with the Ancient Harvest brand Stephanie recommended at the grocery store. That box has about two cups of quinoa in it, and costs about $5 or more.
This four pound bag of quinoa was about $10 - what a deal!
Cooking one cup of quinoa gives you plenty of servings - we always end up with leftover quinoa, even after giving ourselves a decent portion at dinnertime.
Because I have a lot of quinoa to cook with this wonder from Costco, I decided to get creative. I could easily eat quinoa plain and love it, but it was time to get a little Top Chef on this wonderful ingredient.
So let me present my latest quinoa creation:
A bacon, corn, and quinoa dish! This ended up being a fun, delicious accompaniment to another Costco favorite of ours: Panko-crusted Tilapia filets.
Here's how you can make this simple, yummy side:
- Cooked Quinoa (one cup uncooked quinoa + two cups water. Let boil, then reduce to simmer and cover for 10-12 minutes until all water is soaked up and quinoa is fluffy)
- Five Strips of Bacon - I used Kroger brand reduced sodium Applewood Bacon
- One Can Yellow Sweet Corn Kernels
- Prepare quinoa per directions - set aside.
- Heat skillet to medium-high heat, spray with non-stick spray, and cook bacon to desired crispiness.
- Take cooked bacon out of skillet, pat with paper towels, and chop into pieces on a cutting board. Keep some of the grease from the bacon in the skillet and reduce heat to medium-low.
- Add cooked quinoa to skillet and stir well.
- Add in bacon pieces and strained corn kernels. Continue to stir.
- Serve hot.
This recipe yields four larger portions, but could easily feed five-six people as a side with dinner.
We ate this side with the baked Tilapia and green beans.
Feel free to modify with additional vegetables, turkey bacon, sausage, whatever your heart desires.
I hope you enjoy this simple, three ingredient quinoa side dish!