Quinoa With Roasted Beetroot

Are you curious by nature? Do you ever cross the fine line between curiosity and wanting to know too much? I have an acquaintance who has always asked a lot of questions. Most of them centre around our house building project and how much we are spending. These conversations take place when ever we see each other, and there is always a comparison to what we are building in relation to what they have. She has always led me to believe her house is WAY bigger than ours and she has told me how much they paid. I am not really interested in the money aspect, or in making a comparison between our houses. But, I have heard endlessly about this issue.

The other day when driving home I noticed they had a ‘for sale’ sign attached to the gate. I decided to come home and take a look on the realtor’s website to see how much they are asking for the house. I  was quite surprised that even though she has made these claims about their huge house, it is in fact smaller than ours. The land is slightly larger but the house itself is smaller. Also, the claimed worth of the property is much higher than the asking price. So, was her curiosity about our house just that, or was she being rude?

Now, you are all asking yourselves “what on earth has this got to do with quinoa” and my reply is NOTHING! It is just something I wanted to write about. Much like I am sharing this idea with you. And please excuse what looks like a really boring supper – it was tasty which is what counts.

Do you have friends who ask too many questions?

"Quinoa With Roasted Beetroot"
© Quinoa With Roasted Beetroot

I cook my quinoa as per the packet instructions, but I add a teaspoon of vegetable stock concentrate to it to give it flavour. I roasted the beetroot for 40 minutes at 200° Celsius (they were quite small) with a sprinkle of salt and cumin. I then diced them up and added them to the quinoa.


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31 thoughts on “Quinoa With Roasted Beetroot

  1. I had a friend like that once, always wanting to be bigger and better. What a shame she felt so insecure about herself that she needs to make up stories too. I do not like to discuss money or ages with anyone.. It is not good manners to ask these questions. at all. I have never used quinoa either, i need to see if I can get some! looks good.. c

  2. Hi Tandy, I think celi’s got it right – insecurity. But it’s annoying ! And I keep meaning to try Quinoa, I keep reading about it on blogs but never get round to buying any. Hope you have a bright and breezy day 🙂

    1. I would never had bought it if I wasn’t given it as an ingredient in my challenge. And now we have it several times a week! Enjoy your day as well 🙂

  3. I thought I was the only person in blogville not to have cooked with quinoa, but it seems not! I must get some 😉 And as for your neighbour I agree with others, insecurity. And whilst I am a curious person and love to learn new things, there are some things you just don´t ask about as it´s bad manners…money, salaries, too much info about health, ages and sometimes even religion and politics!

  4. Some people just adore asking questions and I guess dont think that they realise how rude they are being!
    But on another note thanks for reminding me I have to try quinoa 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

    1. Don’t worry, I won’t tell! I had first seen it on Gillian McKeith’s You Are What You Eat. It is quite pricey here but a good substitute for carbohydrates 🙂

  5. I’ve never cooked quinoa, but have had it in a restaurant. I love roast beets. Thanks for the recipe. I do think it’s rather rude to ask money questions of other people. I was always taught that those who have it, don’t talk about it. 😉 Happy weekend to you

  6. I don’t like it when people ask questions that I feel are personal,I have a friend who asks anything from Bond repayments to rates & taxes,basically anything
    Supper looks delicious,esp the sausages or the boerewors:-)

  7. Some people have this need to feel like they are bigger and better than others. Particularly if they are a bit insecure about their own situation, if they can make others believe what they can’t themselves, it’s a win. Hopefully you’ll get some nicer new neighbors.

    I’m going to have to try adding beets to quinoa. The combination sounds great. I’ve only recently realized how much I like beets and that anything colored with beet juice makes me smile – I would never have thought you could get such crazy color from a veggie.

    1. Dave would not eat beetroots for years because they coloured everything. But now that I am roasting them he will eat them gladly 🙂

  8. I love quinoa, I discovered it when I was a vegetarian a few years ago. It’s really nice if you cook it and then add it to a multi-grain pancake batter, it adds a nice little crunch. It’s also nice in cold salads with chickpeas and a lemon-tahini dressing. I’m going to have to dig up that recipe and make it again now that the weather it hotter. It has more protein than most grains. As for your neighbors, that’s just sad when people feel they need to show someone up, especially when it’s not true.

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