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Recently I decided to try cooking one new food a week, mostly inspired by the new Whole Foods that opened in Virginia Beach, with all its containers of interesting dry goods. This week was quinoa, I bought it months ago and for no good reason hadn't tried cooking with it yet. It really was just as easy as making rice, but with a deeper more complex flavor.
Basically I followed this recipe for a mushroom pilaf, making some changes based on the ingredients I had on hand. Then I served it with a sautéed chicken breast and spinach. It was very good, and I think I could easily feed it to my picky boyfriend, who claims homemade rice (not from a box of chemicals and processed food) has no flavor.