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Quiznoa Salad (Fancy Quiznos) by Erik of Fancy Fast Food (with support from Susannah Masur)
In our recent food obsessed culture, foodies strive to find new foods that they enjoy, mostly so that they can blog or tweet about it later.  One of these recently “discovered” foods is quinoa (pronounced KEE-noaah), a grain-like vegetable from the Andean countries of South America so great in flavor, texture, and above all nutrients, that vegans just won’t shut up about it.  And although it looks like a grain similar to couscous, it is technically not a grain — an ambiguity that even some rabbis exploit, deeming it an acceptable food to eat during the grain-abstaining days of Passover.  Truly, quinoa is one exceptional food, and you don’t even need to be a vegan, an observant Jew (or both) to partake in its goodness.However, according to a New York Times article, the problem with quinoa is that due to its increasing popularity in rich North American and European countries, the prices have driven up the cost in the poorer nations they come from, like Bolivia.  Richer nations’ hunger for quinoa is actually stripping away the nutritious food that Bolivians have been consuming for centuries.  So what is a socially-conscious person to do?  One suggestion: fake the quinoa using fast food.  Here’s how:

Ingredients (from Quiznos):
1 Veggie Sub without guacamole or cheese on Italian white bread 
1 cup of water
condiment cups of banana peppers and pickles
First, scoop off all the vegetables off the bread and put them in a mixing bowl.  We’ll deal with that later.  For now, we are going to transform the bread into our grain-like super vegetable.  We here in the Fancy Fast Food kitchen have tried doing this using a food processor with different blades, and even a hand grinder, but nothing quite gave the bread the proper round shape of quinoa.  The only method that works — as tedious as it is — is to roll each individual piece by hand.Because Quiznos prides itself on toasting their subs, we’ll have to moisten the bread.  Pour all the water into a skillet and bring it to a boil.  Place the pieces of bread — toastier side down — in a steam basket, and let them moisten and soften up before handling them.  Then, pinch off a little bit of the bread’s insides, and simply roll it around with your finger until it becomes a small ball.  Now repeat this process about a hundred times (or as long as you can stand it).Dice the sliced tomatoes and put them in the mixing bowl with the rest of the vegetables.  Add in the banana peppers and pickles.  Then fold in the faux quinoa, and toss it all together with a big fork or rubber spatula.Voilà! Quiznoa Salad! (pronounced KEEZ-noaah SA-lad)  Now try and substitute this for quinoa in either a rich or poor country, so that the food demands can be met!

If you are viewing this recipe in an aggregator (like tumblr’s Dashboard), or as a reblogged post, please check out the real website at FancyFastFood.com.
Recipe for the week of May 20, 2011:

Quiznoa Salad (Fancy Quiznos)
by Erik of Fancy Fast Food (with support from Susannah Masur)

In our recent food obsessed culture, foodies strive to find new foods that they enjoy, mostly so that they can blog or tweet about it later. One of these recently “discovered” foods is quinoa (pronounced KEE-noaah), a grain-like vegetable from the Andean countries of South America so great in flavor, texture, and above all nutrients, that vegans just won’t shut up about it. And although it looks like a grain similar to couscous, it is technically not a grain — an ambiguity that even some rabbis exploit, deeming it an acceptable food to eat during the grain-abstaining days of Passover. Truly, quinoa is one exceptional food, and you don’t even need to be a vegan, an observant Jew (or both) to partake in its goodness.

However, according to a New York Times article, the problem with quinoa is that due to its increasing popularity in rich North American and European countries, the prices have driven up the cost in the poorer nations they come from, like Bolivia. Richer nations’ hunger for quinoa is actually stripping away the nutritious food that Bolivians have been consuming for centuries. So what is a socially-conscious person to do? One suggestion: fake the quinoa using fast food. Here’s how:

Ingredients (from Quiznos):

  • 1 Veggie Sub without guacamole or cheese on Italian white bread
  • 1 cup of water
  • condiment cups of banana peppers and pickles

First, scoop off all the vegetables off the bread and put them in a mixing bowl. We’ll deal with that later. For now, we are going to transform the bread into our grain-like super vegetable. We here in the Fancy Fast Food kitchen have tried doing this using a food processor with different blades, and even a hand grinder, but nothing quite gave the bread the proper round shape of quinoa. The only method that works — as tedious as it is — is to roll each individual piece by hand.

Because Quiznos prides itself on toasting their subs, we’ll have to moisten the bread. Pour all the water into a skillet and bring it to a boil. Place the pieces of bread — toastier side down — in a steam basket, and let them moisten and soften up before handling them. Then, pinch off a little bit of the bread’s insides, and simply roll it around with your finger until it becomes a small ball. Now repeat this process about a hundred times (or as long as you can stand it).

Dice the sliced tomatoes and put them in the mixing bowl with the rest of the vegetables. Add in the banana peppers and pickles. Then fold in the faux quinoa, and toss it all together with a big fork or rubber spatula.

Voilà! Quiznoa Salad! (pronounced KEEZ-noaah SA-lad) Now try and substitute this for quinoa in either a rich or poor country, so that the food demands can be met!



If you are viewing this recipe in an aggregator (like tumblr’s Dashboard), or as a reblogged post, please check out the real website at FancyFastFood.com.

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