2017-03-23 / Life in Leelanau

County Cuisine

Healthy grain part of recipe flavored with peanuts, lime

You've likely heard of quinoa, an exotic sounding grain whose popularity has exploded in recent years. Though the name is a bit unusual, the plant has some very familiar relatives; it is closely related to common spinach and beets. It is grown as a staple grain in many parts of the world, and is a nutricious replacement for rice or other cereals in any dish. Ingredients for today's recipe can be purchased at Anderson's Market located in Glen Arbor. Anderson's Market offers a full-service butcher shop, specialty cheeses, fresh produce from local farms, an extensive selection of wine, beer and spirits and a wide range of Michigan made products. Visit them while taking a scenic drive along M-22.

Spinach Quinoa

2 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups quinoa
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 Tbsp sesame oil
1 lime
3 cups fresh spinach
1 cup cooked peas

1 bell pepper
1/3 cup red onion
1/4 cup cilantro
1/2 chopped peanuts


Combine water, salt and quinoa in a medium sized pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook for an additional 10 to 15 minutes. While cooking, juice one lime and chop the spinach, pepper, onion, cilantro and peanuts. Remove the pot from the heat. Add all of the ingredients, including peanut butter, oil and peas, to the pot and gently combine until well mixed. Serve as a light lunch or a side at dinner.

County Cuisine Participants: Art's Tavern, Anderson's Market, Big Cat Brewery, The Bluebird, Chimoski's Bakery, La Becasse, Leland Lodge, Little Traverse Inn, Martha's Leelanau Table, Pegtown Station, Trish's Dishes, and Tucker's of Northport.

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