Trade-Up Tuesday: Things That Begin With Q

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 07:04 AM

Welcome to Trade-Up Tuesday!  It’s everyone’s favorite day here on A Better Bag of Groceries, because I blog about a Trade-Up I’ve made since learning about NuVal  scores and I give away something for free. 

I think I have the end-of-the-school-year sillies.  They are going around my house these days!  Because today’s giveaway is a little goofy.  I did pick a trade-up:  something that is now in my cupboard, that wasn’t before I started my job with NuVal.  But I bundled it together with a magazine with Princess Kate and Prince William.  You see, both these items begin with the letter Q:  Quinoa and the future Queen of England.  Get it?

OK – it’s a little dorky and lame, but bear with me.

First, let’s start with the Quinoa (pronounced Keeen- Waaah).  I’m giving it away because sometimes it can be really hard to find!  I wanted to include a box a couple of weeks ago when I pulled together that summer recipe giveaway.  For that giveaway, I went shopping at a grocery store right near the NuVal office.  It’s a New England based supermarket chain with a whole bunch of stores and they did not have any quinoa!  I couldn’t believe it!  So, here it is today.  Quinoa scores a 91on the NuVal scale and it is the key ingredient in Catherine Katz’s Almond, Green Bean, and Quinoa Salad.  Quinoa has lots of protein and it is gluten free.  I am looking for more ways to work quinoa into my family’s recipes this summer.

Second, with this giveaway, you get a Collector’s edition of Majesty Magazine.  This is no cheesy publication.  Majesty Magazine bills itself as “the quality royal magazine.”  I picked it up at Barnes & Noble, and I must say, it’s a pretty impressive collector’s piece.  I had a great time on the royal wedding morning.  I met up with my gym girlfriends at 5 am just in time to see everything get started at Westminstrer Abbey.  We had three big-screen TVs tuned in – on three different stations, so we could watch from several different angles while we worked out.  Then, I buzzed home just after 6 and got my kids up so they could watch it live too.  They thought it was pretty cool.  To this day, my daughter wraps herself up in a long blanket, pretends it’s a wedding dress with a train and says, “I’m Princess Kate.”

So, with this just-for-fun giveaway, I’m suggesting that you

  • take your quinoa
  • make Catherine’s quinoa salad
  • pack it in a little insulated picnic bag
  • grab your magazine featuring the other Catherine  across the pond
  • head to the beach with your little lunch and your good read
  • 

Today’s Giveaway

One lucky reader will win Two Things That Begin With The Letter Q.  All you need to do is leave me a comment and tell me:

How you enjoy quinoa?

or

How you enjoyed watching the Royal Wedding?

Or both!  I’ll randomly choose one winner at 8 am Eastern on Wednesday morning, so don’t delay.  Good Luck!

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36 Comments on “Trade-Up Tuesday: Things That Begin With Q”

  1. #1 Jennifer
    on Jun 21st, 2011 at 7:46 am

    I’m so glad quinoa is not hard to find in my area because I really like it. I eat it all kinds of ways but I think it’s really good as a breakfast food: eaten like oatmeal with a little milk, cinnamon, and maple syrup on top. On Father’s Day, I actually made quinoa pancakes from a NY Times recipe. Sounds weird but it wasn’t. Whole family loved them!

  2. #2 Jill
    on Jun 21st, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I LOVE quinoa! I just learned that I have not been saying it correctly! Thanks for saving me from future embarrassment!!! I love to make quinoa like stuffing. I saute onions and celery and peppers. I then add the quinoa that I made in chicken broth to the veggies. YUMMY!!!

  3. #3 buddy
    on Jun 21st, 2011 at 8:48 am

    My wife makes a great black bean, quinoa, and mango cold salad, so that’s my favorite way to eat it.

  4. #4 Marie
    on Jun 21st, 2011 at 8:49 am

    I love using quinoa to make multi-grain bread.

  5. #5 Donna
    on Jun 21st, 2011 at 8:49 am

    I’ve never tried quinoa, but I’ve been wanting to! I have a feeling I know what grocery store you ate referring to, and I was also unable to find it there.

  6. #6 kalli
    on Jun 21st, 2011 at 9:10 am

    lately i have been enjoying toasting it in the oven-fun!

  7. #7 barbara
    on Jun 21st, 2011 at 9:16 am

    I have a greek quinoa and avocados recipe that I have been dying to try, but haven’t been able to find quinoa in my local store.

  8. #8 Kaitlyn
    on Jun 21st, 2011 at 9:57 am

    I basically stir fry with it, with chicken, peppers, onions, and garlic!

  9. #9 Tamara @ The Stretch Jean Incident
    on Jun 21st, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I recently tried a Spanish-style quinoa recipe; it was delicious! Tasted like Spanish rice, only much more flavorful and heartier.

  10. #10 Gabrielle
    on Jun 21st, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I have actually never had quinoa but have been wanting to try it!

  11. #11 Valerie
    on Jun 21st, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I have been using red quinoa as a taco filling lately – it’s so good!

  12. #12 Jeanine
    on Jun 21st, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I like it in a greek type salad with cucmbers, grape tomatoes, kalamata olives, a little feta cheese and a lemon vinaigrette dressing. YUM!

  13. #13 Arlene
    on Jun 21st, 2011 at 10:49 am

    I am a quinoa lover and an lucky as it is available in my area. I either eat it as ceral for breakfast, either alone or if I have any leftover from dinner I mix it with my morning hot cereal. For lunch or dinner I
    also use it alone or mixed with other grains. I also use it to make salads the same way I would use rice or pasta.

  14. #14 Angie
    on Jun 21st, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I mix it in granola bars, super yummy!

  15. #15 Jordan
    on Jun 21st, 2011 at 11:28 am

    I actually haven’t ever had quinoa..but I would love try try it! =D

  16. #16 Beth
    on Jun 21st, 2011 at 11:38 am

    OMG, this was made for me, I am loving all things Royal!

  17. #17 Lucy
    on Jun 21st, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Quinoa is delish and a great main dish when cooking for vegetarian friends (though don’t cook it in chicken broth in that case :-)

  18. #18 Donna
    on Jun 21st, 2011 at 11:48 am

    i LIKE TO PUT CORN, BLACK BEANS, ONIONS, PEPPERS,AND A SMALL AMOUNT OF SAUCE ON MY QUINOA. LOVE IT!!!!!

  19. #19 Marie
    on Jun 21st, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I love quinoa in salads! The best one I make uses quinoa, bell peppers, jalapeno, garlic, cumin, and black beans. Yum!

  20. #20 Dynamics
    on Jun 21st, 2011 at 11:57 am

    I am new to Quinoa. So far I am enjoying it as an addition to cold salads. I have even put some in my protein drinks and my eggs.

  21. #21 Jill
    on Jun 21st, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    I’m also trying to work this into our family diet. It is so good, but you’re right, can be hard to find.

  22. #22 Carolyn C
    on Jun 21st, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I have a quinoa black bean salad that is delicious!!

  23. #23 Haley N
    on Jun 21st, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    i like to sprout my quinoa and put it on top of some greek yogurt with figs, honey, and cinnamon :)

  24. #24 sara
    on Jun 21st, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I just saw a recipe using quinoa to bulk up a berry salad which sounds right up my alley! I can’t wait to try it :)

  25. #25 Will
    on Jun 21st, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    My wife and daughters are crazy for the Royal Wedding, so this would be a hit in our home.

  26. #26 Terry Balcomb
    on Jun 21st, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    I saute a small bit of onion and garlic, add some cumin and cook it with my quinoa. Near the end of the cooking time, I add some golden raisins and chopped almonds – the hint of sweetness from the raisins and the crunch from the almonds – yum!

  27. #27 Laura
    on Jun 21st, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Well, I’ve never tried quinoa, and I did not watch the royal wedding. But I will try Catherine Katz’ recipe, as well as some of the suggestions by your readers here!

  28. #28 Carol
    on Jun 21st, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Quinoa is great as a sweet dish, like a denser version of rice pudding.

  29. #29 Marcie
    on Jun 21st, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Never tried quinoa but looks just right for a cold summer salad!

  30. #30 Lindsey
    on Jun 21st, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I love quinoa salads with balsamic vinegar, mozarella, basil and chopped cherry tomatoes!

  31. #31 Laura
    on Jun 21st, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    So many ways I love quinoa. Tonight’s recipe was quinoa, roasted beets & goat cheese crumbles. YUM

  32. #32 Angela
    on Jun 21st, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    I love quinoa as a base for any flavor- mexican, indian, sweet, savory, spicy. It’s perfect!

  33. #33 Tina
    on Jun 21st, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    I have used the quinoa in souop. I watched the news shows of the wedding after i got home from work.

  34. #34 dana
    on Jun 22nd, 2011 at 7:03 am

    I use quinoa in my salads and mixed with vegetables. Love the stuff!!!

  35. #35 Lisa
    on Jun 22nd, 2011 at 7:33 am

    I enjoy quinoa with beans, basil, and tomatoes.

  36. #36 Kelly M
    on Jun 22nd, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I use quinoa as a base for stir-fry dishes. I love it!

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