Red Quinoa: Thank you Melissa’s Produce

Louise Mellor of  Geez Louise fame suggested that I attend an end of year event at Melissa’s Produce.

Geez Louise

Dorothy from Shockingly Delicous in action


It was great to see so many familiar faces from Camp Blogaway, like Dorothy from Shockingly Delicious in action.

Chef Debi Dubbs





Plus make a new friend of Debi of Debs Kitchen.








The test kitchen was filled with a wonderfully prepared spread of vegetarian dishes.

Mystery fruit table





A table filled with “mystery fruits”.

Fresh Young Coconut






As well as my favorite new drink.





Plus, there was a ton of free give aways–baby potatoes, farro and red quinoa.   Farro is a staple in the traditional Italian Easter dessert, pastiera.    Yet RED quinoa is a new product to me.  I took a bit of inspiration from the quinoa that was part of the buffet.  This is so easy because while the quinoa is boiling on the stove, the kabocha squash is roasting in the oven.  Then all you have to do is salt, pepper and stir.  Enjoy.

Red Quinoa with Kabocha Squash

Red Quinoa with Roasted Kabocha Squash

  • 1 package Melissa’s red quinoa
  • 1 brown onion chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 1 kabocha squash peeled and medium diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  1. Chop the kabocha squash into half inch cubes.  Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.  Place in 350 oven and bake for half hour.
  2. Chop onions, garlic and red pepper.
  3. Place garlic and onion in sauce pan along with the red quinoa.  Add 2 cups of water, cover and boil on a low simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. The squash should be done when the quinoa has absorbed all the water.
  5. Take the squash and add to cooked quinoa.
  6. Enjoy.
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8 Responses to Red Quinoa: Thank you Melissa’s Produce

  1. Geez Louise! says:

    not to mention the stuff cures cancer and promises to turn back the clock … maybe not, but doesn’t it taste good for being so healthy? great picture…

  2. Chef Debbi says:

    Beautiful dish (and photo), always great making new friends and learning about healthy food!

  3. Loved seeing you, too! I have a pic of you touring Melissa’s in the special hat. Will send!

  4. Sorry I missed it. Must be kismet that I have red quinoa with butternut squash in my current post! I was channeling you and Melissa’s.

  5. What a fun day for a food blogger! I love their produce.

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