Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Cooking Quinoa With My Cat #InspiredByCrafted

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I like to cook at home and try new things. I am always looking for new recipes to cook for dinner. My family isn't so keen on trying new things, but I like it. It gets boring cooking the same old stuff for dinner all the time.

One food that I've been meaning to try for the longest time is quinoa. Quinoa is an ancient grain from the Andes Mountains. It's actually an edible seed that's high in protein and fiber. It reminds me of a mix between rice and couscous.


I finally decided to try quinoa for the first time after I saw that it was an ingredient in some of the new Hill's® Ideal Balance Crafted cat and dog foods. This was my inspiration to try something new. If my cat is eating quinoa before me, I think it's time to give it a taste.

Since I've never cooked quinoa before, I thought it would be best to follow a recipe. The recipe I prepared is called Herbed Quinoa and it uses simple and fresh ingredients like chicken broth, fresh lemon, olive oil, and herbs. It was extremely easy to make.


Callie assisted me in the kitchen. Judging from the photos, she might think I'm a little cuckoo but it was fun. She usually likes to supervise my cooking from a safe distance on the kitchen table.


My Herbed Quinoa came out great and tasted delicious. The recipe was easy to follow and didn't take tons of ingredients. I had most of them at home already. My first time trying quinoa was a success, and I will eat it again. Thanks to Hill's Ideal Balance Crafted cat food for inspiring me to make the leap and try this tasty ancient grain finally.


You'll find quinoa is an ingredient in Hill's Ideal Balance Crafted Simmered Salmon Chowder with Quinoa as well as some of their dog food recipes. Much like my own cooking at home, Crafted cat food has a carefully selected creation process.


The cat food is prepared in small batches, much like the way I prepared my own quinoa meal at home - one small batch at a time. They have experienced and dedicated master bakers that create unique recipes in small batches using high quality meats, wholesome vegetables, and ancient grains.

Ideal Balance Crafted cat products are made with an unusual slow cooking process with new, unique, and and custom shapes to maximize appeal for picky feline palates. This is the result of years of Hill's research with cats to understand the important impact of texture and shape in improving palatability for cats. Ideal Balance Crafted's slower, small batch process ensures quality and consistency throughout their products.


Here is a summary of the benefits of Hill's Ideal Balance Crafted cat food:

  • Made in small batches
  • Natural ingredients that are perfectly balanced
  • 100% Balanced Nutrition Guaranteed or your money back
  • Made in the USA
  • No wheat, corn, or soy
  • No artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives
  • Available in grain free varieties

Click here to purchase Hill's Ideal Balance Crafted cat food on Pet360. This is the same formula as Callie is eating and it's on sale right now. 

While my family may not like to try new things as much as I do, I feel like I have a new foodie friend that I can hang out with while I cook. Callie seems eager to try new things. I even let her try a bite of my cooked quinoa and she ate it. I guess every chef has to try their food to make sure it tastes good! 

Have you tried quinoa before? What did you think of it? 

24 comments:

  1. Hmmmm my kitties are drooling lol!!
    I just love that first pic of you and kitty. So adorable!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  2. I never tried it, but we will look in our stores or online... it's worth a try, absolutely!
    many thanks for a super idea and a tasty review
    easy rider

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    1. I bet your mom would like it Easy! And I'm sure you would too!

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  3. We love it here in Doodleville. Well the humans do, not the doodles! Cute post, loved seeing you in your Hills Science apron #Inoticed

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    1. Haha! Thanks! Gotta have my apron on when I'm cooking ;)

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  4. I think this is my favorite blog post of the week! So creative and fun :) I've never tried quinoa but now I really want too...and I *love* the way Callie helps out in the kitchen!

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    1. Aw thanks! She was a pretty good help for this project I suppose.

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  5. What a fun idea! Your recipe sounds delicious too. Paws up to Callie for her excellent assistance in the kitchen!

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  6. That food sounds really good. We'll hafta give it a try. The mom never lets us help with her cooking. Something about not wanting furs in her food. Hey...it gives it extra flavor, right??

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  7. Interesting, but I don't see Mom cooking anything with our cats! Great photos made for a fun post!

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  8. Dang, you need your own cooking show on the TV thingy!

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    1. I know right?! I was thinking the same thing!

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  9. I recently tried quinoa and liked it, sort of tastes like beets to me. I will have to get my kitties some of this to try. Callie is beautiful.

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    1. Really? I haven't tried beets before. Guess that's another food I can add to my list.

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  10. callie....we..iz...crackin...UP...at fotoz two oh ewe ......its oh kay, we eggs cuzed ewe while ya taked care oh groomin izzuez !! ☺

    ♥♥♥

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    1. MOL - I just can't stop laughing at the photos of Callie and I while cooking :)

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  11. That sure was fun! Callie, you're such a great helper! :)

    Ann, we love quinoa here. It's such a diverse ingredient ... lots of yummy possibilities!

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    1. I see that now! I actually bought some oatmeal the other day that has quinoa in it. Guess it's a breakfast, lunch, and dinner kinda food :)

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  12. You had a cute helper. I like the texture of quinoa. I have had it in salads.

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    1. The texture is nice. When searching for a recipe to try, I found a lot for salads.

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  13. Our mom LOVES quinoa - for herself. It's not a grain - most people don't know that - it's in the spinach family, actually. And it's really yummy if you toast it first and then cook it! Brings out all the flavors. It's the only food that I know of that contains all of the amino acids in it. VERY healthy for humans - and I'd guess not bad for cats if it's really low on the ingredient list. Since cats really need meat-based proteins, and a lot of them (obligate carnovies!) I'd prefer to see less rather than more in their foods. But for doggies - wow, what a great idea!

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    1. Wow - I just learned a lot more about quinoa! Only one of the canned food formulas has quinoa in it for cats. It's a grain-free formula. But I did find that extra push to go ahead and try it for myself from this lol. I think Shiner would probably love to try some quinoa too!

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  14. That food really looks like something Samantha might like! I need to try Quinoa myself too. I've been hearing so much about it lately for humans and pets.

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  15. Dex loves the Crafted food for his nightly games and this is a great blog post.

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