Endives are great for any appetizer combination. I like to call endives party boats because they’re a perfect dish to serve at a party. I always have endives handy in my fridge because they last for long time, so if someone plans to come over for a visit or if a potluck comes up I can whip up a quick app. You can simply put any ingredient in your party boat like hummus or marinated vegetables. Today I’m going to use quinoa (pronounced keen-wah).
I was at Costco the other day and came across a tasting station. My ears perked up when I heard “Try a sample of this delicious quinoa.” I can’t tell you how healthy quinoa is. People ask me where do you get your protein and quinoa is on my list. First of all, it’s a complete protein which includes all nine essential amino acids. Secondly, it has low glycemic index – a food rate based on how much they make your blood sugar rise. Its gluten free, diary free, and complicated cooking free. They call it the “gold of the Incas” and indeed it is. I typically season plain quinoa, but this Nature’s Earthly Choice Quinoa is easy peasy and cooks in 15 minutes. There’s a variety of flavors you can choose from: garden vegetable, sundried tomato, roasted garlic & olive oil, and mushroom. I happen to taste all of them, but I decided to get garden vegetable and roasted garlic & olive oil. I’m using garden vegetable for the party boats.
Makes about 12 party boats
1 box of Nature’s Earthly Choice Quinoa Garden Vegetable (stove top instructions are listed on the box)
1/3 cup mushrooms in cubes
1/3 cup orange bell pepper in cubes
1/3 cup yellow heirloom tomatoes in cubes
2-3 endives (depending on size)
1. I wanted to add more texture to the quinoa mix, so I chopped up a few vegetables I had in the fridge – mushrooms, orange bell pepper, and yellow tomatoes. You can mix any vegetables you want.
2. As you can see it’s very simple and fast.
3. Add mushrooms, bell pepper, and tomatoes 10 minutes into cooking the quinoa.
4. It should take 15 minutes to cook. My rule of thumb is waiting till the quinoa is translucent enough so you can see the rings.
1. Cut the core about 1/2 inch and a few leaves will fall. Remove the leaves from the outside, which are the bitter ones, and take the leaves that fell from the inside. The leaves in the inside are your party boats.
2. If there are a few leaves attached to the core, then you may have to cut a few inches of the core again. Gather the leaves that fall for your party boats.
1. Take a spoonful of quinoa and place it on your endive
2. Enjoy the party!