Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Quinoa corn chowder

I attended another Whole Foods cooking class yesterday, this one was called "Cooking with Quinoa".  I don't have a lot of experience with quinoa other than I've eaten it a few times at restaurants and it's delicious. I had never cooked with it until yesterday. In case you don't know, quinoa is a whole grain with a lot of protein, iron and fiber. Plus, it's gluten-free and super easy to make.

My favorite dish of the class was this quinoa corn chowder. It was not as creamy as you may expect, it's very thick, even thicker than a stew. It's hardy and delicious. My favorite part was the tempeh "bacon", which gave the soup a smoky flavor (you can find this at Whole Foods for about $3.50).

Quinoa corn chowder (recipe by Ani Loizzo of Whole Foods)


1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed
2 medium sized Yukon Gold potatoes, cubed
4 ears worth of corn kernels, or 2 cups frozen corn kernels
1 yellow onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
4 cups vegetable broth
6 slices tempeh "bacon" chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 jalepeno, seeded and minced
2 tablespoons chopped green onions
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon paprika


Heat olive oil in a medium sized pot. Saute "bacon" until crisp, set aside. Add onion and red pepper and saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, jalepeno and potatoes, saute 5 more minutes. Add paprika, broth and quinoa and bring to a simmer. Simmer 10 minutes, add corn and simmer 5 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste and garnish with green onions and reserved "bacon".

Serves 4 as a meal, 8 as a side dish.

This recipe is gluten-free and vegan.


  1. Yum! I have some quinoa sitting in my cupboard right now that I wasn't sure what to do with. I might have to give this recipe a try!


  2. Yum, that looks and sounds delic! I wish I would have gone to that class! I am totally going to make this sometime this month while the weather is still a bit chilly! So excited to try it, Jay will love it!


  3. This chowder was seriously very good (and good for you!). As a vegetarian, I think I will be adding this fake bacon to my meals.

  4. I'll have to try this one! I could live on quinoa alone. Thanks for sharing!

  5. This looks so good! I was recently instructed to start incorporating quinoa into my diet so I will definitely be printing this recipe out. Thanks, Jenna!

  6. My life is forever changed since discovering quinoa last year. I eat it at least twice a week and in a multitude of ways.

    I have a tip for you: if you want to find it cheaper, look for it in the Latin food aisle of your grocery (or at a Latin grocer if you have one nearby). I usually find Goya brand quinoa for $2.99 a bag which is SO much more affordable than the ones they sell at Whole Foods and other health stores.

  7. Yum! I have eaten it before just as a side dish with a little olive oil and salt and pepper. Very healthy!

  8. I absolutely love quinoa- so easy to cook in the rice cooker. Can't wait to try this out soon!

  9. Ooh that looks incredibly yum!

  10. just bought all the ingredients- making this tomorrow!

  11. Kief-dogg & I actually made this for dinner tonight - and we loved it! Substituted REAL bacon though... no way could I convince him to eat that tempeh stuff.