I LOVE Quinoa! When I first saw it, I wasn’t sure it would be something that I would enjoy. It is a very small, very fine grain, that looks completely different cooked, and is super good for you. My pals at Goya sent me some Goya brand products including Olive Oil, Quinoa in a resealable bag, and their NEW la cocina MyPlate Goya cookbook, pictured above so I could try out a recipe or two.
About the book:
Goya Foods, America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, in collaboration with The First Lady’s LetsMove initiative and the USDA, launches the MyPlate/ MiPlato cookbook, Healthy, Tasty, Affordable Latin Cooking. This book is part of the national MyPlate campaign designed to help educate Americans on healthy eating.
This book is bilingual and features 10 complete, balanced meal ideas packed with 30 healthy recipes from around latin America and Spain – along with healthy Latin twists to American dishes.
Founded in 1936, Goya Foods, Inc. is America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, and has established itself as the leader in latin American food and condiments. Goya manufactures packages and distributes over 2, 200 high-quality food products from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Goya products have their roots in the culinary traditions of Hispanic communities around the world; their combination of authentic ingredients, robust seasonings and convenient preparation make them ideal for every taste and every tale. For more information on Goya Foods, visit www.goya.com
The Quinoa Salad recipe (featured below) called for some additional Goya products and I have to admit, I couldn’t find them in any of our stores. I looked in Wal-mart and Kroger and only saw one Goya brand product and it was Ham bullion. I live in a smaller town so I may have had better luck in the next town over. They have bigger stores and more of a variety. Either way, I was still able to create the recipe in the book, substituting a different brand for a couple of things. And it was delicious! I wish I’d had the other Goya products, though. I think it would have been even better.
I also used the Olive Oil to roast some tri-color new potatoes and they were unbelievably good. Both the quinoa and the olive oil are very nice quality. The oil is nice and thick and really coated my potatoes well. They roasted up perfectly.
I will definitely keep looking for Goya brand products in my store because I really like how well the quinoa cooked, how easily it was and how it tasted. And I love the olive oil. I want to try some of the other products available!
Quinoa Salad With Goya Brand Products
- 1 packet GOYA Cubitos Chicken Bouillon
- 1 cup GOYA Quinoa rinsed and drained
- 4 cups water for cooking quinoa
- 1.4 cup GOYA Lemon Juice
- 1/4 cup GOYA Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/2 cup finely sliced scallions
- 1 large tomato seeded and finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
- 2 TBSP GOYA Sazonador Total
- 1 GOYA Whole jalapeno Pepper seeded and finely chopped (about 1 TBSP)
- 1 TBSP finely chopped fresh cilantro
Cooking the quinoa:
- In medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring 4 cups water and chicken bouillon to a boil.
- Add quinoa.
- Simmer, stirring occasionally, until tender. About 10 minutes.
- Strain and cool completely.
- In medium bowl, mix together cooled quinoa, lemon juice, olive oil, scallions, tomatoes, Sazonador Total, jalapeno and cinlantro until combined.
- Serve immediately or chill if preferred.
Disclosure: Goya Foods, Inc. sent me complimentary food samples to facilitate my recipe and review. All opinions are my own. Individual results may vary.