grains and rice

Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Quinoa with Red Onion Vinaigrette by Judy Kim

by Judy Kim


Yield: 6 servings

Total time: 25 minutes | Prep time: 5 minutes

Spring has finally arrived. But there is still a chill in the air. This is a good seasonal transition side dish to late Winter and early Spring menus. There brightness from the red wine vinegar and the crisp red onions give a nice tanginess and fresh texture. This is an ideal dish accompany your Easter dinner. 


1 pound shredded brussels sprouts

Extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 cup quinoa

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 cup red onion, diced

2 teaspoons minced garlic

2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard

1/2 cup chopped parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper. Spread the brussels sprouts over the pan, drizzle with olive oil and season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Mix well and roast for 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, prepare quinoa according to package instructions. Drain any excess liquid. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to quinoa and mix to coat evenly. In a large skillet over medium high heat, toast the quinoa until crispy. Use a wooden spoon to scrape the bottom of the pan if the quinoa begins to stick. Once the quinoa crisps, use the spoon to release the quinoa. Transfer to a large bowl.

  3. Return skillet to medium heat and add 2 tablespoons olive oil, red onion, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Sauté for 3 to 4 minutes. Whisk in vinegar and mustard. Keep warm until you are ready to serve.

  4. Add the parsley, brussels sprouts and vinaigrette to the bowl of quinoa. Mix well and serve.


Adapted recipe from "Insanely Easy Weeknight Dinners" on

Jook / Congee by Judy Kim

by Judy Kim

Jook / Congee

Yield: 4-6 servings

When I was a little girl, my Mom would make this for me when I wasn't feeling well. Imagine a large pot simmering gently on the stove, the white rice creates a subtle fragrance that perfumes the air. The rice breaks down and creates this beautiful glossy sheen. Surprisingly even after the rice turns into a porridge, it still maintains a texture and even lends a slightly nutty flavor. For extra flavor, my Mom would often cook leftover rice in a dry non stick pan. It would create a toasted pancake of dehydrated rice. You can store it in a container and then use it to make Jook at anytime. The toasted rice gives it an incredible flavor. It takes extra effort, but trust me, it's worth it.

In Korean culture, Jook is often served as breakfast or when one is sick. In either case, it is ideal as it is very easy to digest. It's very similar to Congee. Living in the Chinatown area, there are loads of places to get delicious take away Congee often that comes in 4 or 5 varieties. In my opinion, Congee tends to be richer and more flavorful than traditional Jook. In most cases, Jook is made with just rice and water, but Congee has many aromatics and made with different kind of meats. This is my version that is a simple cross between the two. There is simply no wrong way to make this. In fact, while writing this recipe, it almost resulted in one over simplified sentence: Soak rice and cook with boat loads of water and simmer forever. But I came to my senses.


2 cups cooked white rice (or 1 cup uncooked short-grain white rice, well rinsed)

3 cups Progresso cooking stock, no sodium chicken stock (or 6 cups stock if making with uncooked rice)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced into 4 thin strips

2 cloves of garlic, smashed


  1. In a large heavy pot, combine cooked rice, stock, 2 cups of water and salt. Wrap ginger and garlic in a cheese cloth and tie with butchers twine and add to the pot.

  2. Bring pot to a boil and reduce heat to simmer for 30 minutes up to 1 hour. Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon. If you have more time, I would suggest to cook this for as long as you can. If the porridge is too thick, add additional water while it's simmering.

  3. Remove ginger and garlic pouch. Serve immediately.

Suggested optional garnishes: chopped scallions, kimchi, shredded chicken or beef.

*If you do not have leftover cooked rice, use the same directions, but simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until it has a porridge like consistency. Most likely it will require an additional 1 to 2 cups of water.


recipe modified 2.6.16