We tried the Mixed Berry & Almond Quinoa Bowl from PGEW this morning and it didn’t go well at all. The concept is a nice idea, but the execution left something to be desired. Even the grown ups found this recipe very bland. I ended up buckling and tossed 1/3 teaspoon of ground turbinado sugar in with the girls bowls (which had just over 1 cup of food in it.) Sort of the opposite effect we wanted in this little process, but if it means they’ll eat a bowl of quinoa it seems like a fair trade. The other thing we need to start remembering is that the cottage is not equipped with many cooking supplies… the presents a problem since we plan to spend time here this summer, mostly in August and early September, but making a list of what we need to bring before leaving our first stay needs to be made a priority.
Here’s what we would change for our next time:
- vanilla, i would add a dash of vanilla to each bowl
- lemon juice, i would add a layer of lemon and sliced orange to the berries boiling in the pan
- quinoa, i would soak it longer than 15 minutes to get rid of the bitter taste you can get from not soaking it long enough
- more strawberry, less blueberry… we used a mix of raspberries that were about to turn, frozen blueberries and fresh niagara berries
The recipe was very close to it’s cost estimate provided by PGEW, but the mods I would make would increase it slightly. We also made 6 servings, and had everything on hand to use so that helps.