One of the goodies in my “swag bag” at Foodie Friday at the Arkansas Women Bloggers conference I attended was this cookbook from the Arkansas Beef Council.

Beef Council Cookbook

I have a slight addiction to cookbooks, so you can imagine my excitement.

As a perused the glossy pages, one recipe jumped out at me. The reason…

quinoa

You may remember my previous experience with quinoa. Click here for a refresher. I have to say, after that experience, I was determined to not be defeated by a grain!

I am happy to report success using quinoa in the Rock and Roll Beef Wraps. Although, at first, I thought it sounded like a weird thing to add to a beef dish like this one.

Beef and Quinoa

Quite frankly, I am surprised I tried this recipe at all. It had another strange twist–coleslaw mix! Really?! Okay.

Slaw Mix

Oh, and there was this, too…

Ranch Dipwell, ranch dip is not too weird.

beef mixture

It all cooked down quite nicely though.

Then you put it in a tortilla, thus the “wrap”. We used whole wheat tortillas. You can use whatever kind you like.

filling the tortilla

The optional toppings listed on the recipe are apple slices, red bell peppers strips, cucumber slices, carrot slices, sliced almonds or chow mein noodles. We had yellow peppers from the garden and yummy Honeycrisp apples. Again, different type of stuff for our little table.

yellow peppers

honeycrisp apples

add apples and peppers

I cut my wrap on a diagonal thinking that I would be all fancy for a picture. I recommend you skip this fanciness. My wrap kinda fell apart and it didn’t really look that good for the picture, in my opinion.

that's a wrap

I did like this recipe. I really liked having the pepper and apple in there. The honeycrisp apples are especially yummy! The sweetness of the apple helped cut some of the saltiness of the Ranch Dip. I think next time I will cut back on the mix a bit. (Amount listed below is the original amount in the recipe.)

This was an adventurous thing for me to try. I do feel as if I have won, at least this round, against QUINOA!

Rock and Roll Beef Wraps
1 pound ground beef
1 cup water
1/3 cup uncooked quinoa
2 tablespoons dry ranch dressing mix (see note above about the mix)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups packaged broccoli or coleslaw mix
4 medium tortillas
  1. Brown and drain the ground beef.
  2. Stir in water, quinoa, ranch dressing mix and pepper-bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 10-15 minutes until quinoa is tender.
  3. Stir in slaw; cook uncovered 3-5 minutes or until slaw is tender-stirring occasionally.
  4. Divide mixture evenly among the tortillas. Add desired toppings (see above). Roll it up and enjoy!

Critics’ Corner

Chip: It was different–unusual flavors and textures–but it was good.

Megan: It was a rock concert of flavor.

Katie: What can I say? I loved it (for the quinoa). It was a bit too salty.

It kinda’ happened by accident.

I got an my email newsletter from the library the other day. There was a little blurb about the Arkansas Literary Festival that was going on this weekend. (There are still some events yet to occur. You can check it out here.) So I thought, hmmm, I’ll check it out and see if there is anything that sounds cool. Naturally, there were skads of things that sounded great. As I scrolled down to the Saturday schedule I noticed that The Pioneer Woman was going to be one of the presenters! I checked the calendar and checked with hubby and all was a go.

Off we went! The presentation was scheduled for 1:00, so I figured we needed to be there by 12:00. We grabbed a bite at Wendy’s, which took f-o-r-e-v-e-r, then got there at 12:15. Once we were at the library I asked how to get to the presentation room. I noticed there were lots of women coming in behind me carrying the same book I had. I thought, “Oh, boy, the line is going to be forever long.” We were in the first 25 or so. It’s always fun doing something like this. You get to meet people with similar interests. The folks behind me were very nice. We discovered we had a mutual friend. Naturally, since our mutual friend, Jamie, sings with me in Top of the Rock, I had to invite her. I hope she, and her mom, will come.

We waited until a little after 12:30. Then they let us into the room.

Here I am waiting with the crowd.

Yes, those are MY hooligans next to me.

I ran into a friend of mine from waaaay back. Sorry no pictures. I was too busy talking. Miss Donna and her husband Randy were my children’s choir directors when I was a kiddo. They are the sweetest people! Her oldest daughter, Ashley, was there too with her family.

Finally, our moderator came to introduce Ree Drummond, a.k.a. The Pioneer Woman.

Here is PW speaking to the crowd. She seemed a little nervous. Nice to know she is real. There were some technical difficulties. So, while the library staff was working to get the power point going, she took a few audience questions.

Tech guys got the power point going.

The presentation only went until 2:00. Once it was over we were shuttled off to a different part of the library for book signing.

While I stood in the line the kids were happy to explore the 3rd floor youth department. Yea! My kids love books!

When it was my turn to chat with PW I felt like an idiot. Like I should say something cute and fun for her to remember me by. Why should I make myself feel this way?! She is just a person like me!

I couldn’t really tell you what I said to her. I think I invited her to come to my house and make cinnamon rolls the next time she was in town. DORK!

Well, it was something fun and different to do on a Saturday. Out of my rut!

She did seem very nice. I think we would have a high ol’ time if she came to make cinnamon rolls at my house with me!