It’s gettin’ hot in here! Fiery and hot, spicy red sriracha quinoa is not for the faint of heart! The perfect taste bud poppin’ Asian side dish recipe to please all of your spicy loving gluten-free and vegan friends!
Can you handle the heat? My spicy red sriracha quinoa is guaranteed to give your taste buds a kick! This time of year I know I tend to crave spicier foods and I’m blaming that on the cold! After our #blizzard2016 this past weekend (30 inches!!!), not even all the baking and mugs of hot tea and coffee can complete the job. But add some super spicy foods and I may be able to get my body temperature back up to normal levels!
There are many ways to bring the heat and those foods range from innocent looking green peppers to intensely red chili pastes. When I think of spicy foods, red is the color that always comes to mind. Hot, intense, heartthrob red. So why not make an all red dish that raises the thermometer to high heights? When outside your window all you see is white, a pop of red, indoors and in your belly, is more than welcome and will keep you alert and trucking along!
Keeping in mind the need for nutritious “super” food to keep us healthy while we are stuck indoors, but still wanting all the heat we can get, a super pseudo-grain that fits the red criteria comes to mind. RED quinoa! Red quinoa is the more ostentatious sister to our iconic golden quinoa and has a chewier, nuttier texture. With that extra pop of color it still packs all the protein, fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants we want! If you’re like me and you love colorful foods, but you haven’t tried red quinoa yet, what are you waiting for? My suggestion is you try Village Harvest brand. Not just their red quinoa, but all their rice and grains are natural, unprocessed and provide another benefit to the world. Village Harvest is so passionate about the global good, bringing innovative cooking to your home kitchen with their products and then donating 1% of their profits to support global communities in sustainability, education, and social development projects. Now if that doesn’t warm your soul even more, I don’t know what will!
Now that we have two warming criteria met for this spicy red dish, the one thing we’re missing is the SPICE! Like I said, many cuisines and foods can bring the heat and since Village Harvest is all about the global experience, an Asian-inspired spicy dish seemed like the best choice. Say hello to sriracha and chili paste! Red and spicy hot, but with the best chili pepper flavor. I’m warm just thinking about it!
I bet you thought I would be going with harissa, but let’s move a bit more East is spicy flavors! I’d been scared to use sriracha in the past, maybe too spicy for me, but when the craving kicks in the sriracha spiciness is all that will do! Did you see the breaking news last week about sriracha packets coming out? Now you can warm up your food anywhere you go! Maybe ketchup packets will become a thing of the past now. I hope not! My heart still flutters with love for the best red condiment out there! I even included some good old ketchup in this recipe. The more red the better! Maybe I should invest in some of that sriracha ketchup….best of both reds!
I didn’t feel like stopping the fiery red with just sriracha. I took it a bit further (hopefully not to far) by adding some simple chili paste too. As I was mixing the spicy concoction together and my nose was tingling with the heat, I thought I may have lost it. But when you’re going for spicy heat, all lines must be crossed! I mean, the sweet ketchup and nutty red quinoa would balance it out…right?
That’s one of my favorite things about spicy foods, by the way. That smell! You can smell the heat of the chilis and spice. We’re all heard the stories of the sriracha factory smell causes Californians to complain. I don’t know how I would be living right next to the factory, but inside my own kitchen, making one simple dish, I find the smell pretty endearing! Just have to make sure you don’t touch your eyes with any spicy red residue!
Even though my stomach may not always agree with my desire for spice and my love for the aroma, its learned to take one for the team in the name of warmth! The rest of my body knows how much I LOVE hot foods and I’m not just talking about spice here. My coffee and tea must be BOILING for me to drink it. If it’s even lukewarm, I can’t drink it. My mouth is constantly being burned and I’m surprised my taste buds are even still alive. (Maybe that’s why I can handle a little some “heat” nowadays!) If your not so spice and heat tolerant, you can tone this dish down. You, my friend, are in control of the spice here, let me show you!
Spicy Red Sriracha Quinoa
- In a large pot, cook the quinoa with the shallot, according to package directions.
- In the meantime, create the spicy sauce in a small bowl.
- Combine all sauce ingredients and mix together. Once the quinoa has absorbed all the water and finished cooking, fluff with a fork and pour in the spicy sauce.
- You can top each serving with toasted sesame seeds and additional sriracha if desired.
Funny that I say I need my food HOT. But I really enjoyed this spicy red sriracha quinoa COLD from the fridge. If you want to talk about perfect winter weather leftovers, this spicy quinoa is how to do it! The cold spicy comfort food still warmed the soul just right! Quinoa is a fantastic dish to eat as leftovers or nice and hot, so it does make a great take-to-work lunch option! So no matter what “temperature” you eat this dish at, the spice is still there ready to warm! Are you ready to get your red on? Go pick up some Village Harvest red quinoa, sriracha, chili paste, and ketchup and get at it! Your winter-chilled body will thank you! (Just have a glass of almond milk nearby to soothe the mouth 😉 )
So tell me:
+ Are you a sriracha lover?
+ When you think of spicy food, what comes to mind?
*I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.*
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