Cheating with microwave quinoa rice

Okay so I’m Chinese so you might expect I’m good or at least okay with cooking rice. Well I regularly overcook or undercook rice. Because I live alone I see no point in buying a rice cooker. I often play around with microwave settings or cook rice in a saucepan on the stovetop. On the weekend while I was grocery shopping I found Coles microwave quinoa rice for $2 a packet. The packets contain 2 serves so that’s $1 for a serve of rice and quinoa. Bargain! In 90 seconds I have cooked quinoa rice or chia seed rice.

Rice with quinoa and rice with chia from Coles, These packets were $2 each. A bargain.
Rice with quinoa and rice with chia from Coles, These packets were $2 each. A bargain.

I had the worst Mondayitis today. I had a poor night’s sleep and during a really vivid dream my alarm went off. My skin has been right off too. It’s so dry, I spent the day in discomfort with dry skin. This is despite ample moisturiser this morning after my shower. To top things off when I went to put my trousers on I couldn’t get the button in the buttonhole. Clearly I’ve been enjoying too much Cadbury’s Vegemite chocolate. It’s currently 2 blocks for $7 at Coles but I’m told it’s a lot cheaper at Woolworths.

Vegemite chocolate. I think I'm addicted. I may need an intervention.
Vegemite chocolate. I think I’m addicted. I may need an intervention.

So during the day I was thinking I have salmon in the refrigerator and I knew when I got home I’d want a quick and simple dinner. I’m also in a money saving mood at the moment. I’m saving money for an end of year event with my daughters. I need to spend less money on myself and save save save.

Cheating with microwave quinoa rice
Recipe Type: Dinner
Cuisine: Australian
Author: Gary Lum
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Serves: 1
  1. I bought the salmon from the Coles delicatessen. In the plastic bag it came in I add some oil and the panko crumbs and rub it all over the fish
  2. Put the fish on a baking tray lined with baking paper
  3. Add some chili flakes and pepper
  4. Bake at 200 °C for 16 minutes
  5. When the salmon has been cooked turn off the heat and open the oven door and let the salmon rest for a few minutes
  6. While the salmon is resting microwave cook the quinoa rice
  7. Aliquot half the cooked quinoa rice into a bowl and put into the refrigerator
  8. Mix in some cut parsley and chives in the remaining quinoa rice
  9. Cut a lime into wedges
  10. Plate the salmon first and then the rice and then the lime wedges and add a dollop of mayonnaise
  11. Shoot a photograph
  12. Eat the meal
  13. Wash the dishes
  14. Write the recipe
  15. Blog (verb)


Panko crumbed salmon
Panko crumbed salmon prior to baking
Panko crumbed salmon with rice and quinoa
Panko crumbed salmon with rice and quinoa

Tonight’s meal cost me <$10. A bargain.

So would you buy microwave quinoa rice?

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