Cook's Tip: Aji amarillo paste is available in Hispanic markets. One finely minced frozen aji amarillo, yellow mirasol or one-half habanero pepper may be substituted for aji paste. For less heat, remove seeds and ribs from peppers.
Cook's Tip: Annatto seeds, also called achiote, are small, hard, dark-red seeds from the annatto tree and are available in Hispanic markets. They are ground and used in spice pastes or dry rubs and impart a mild earthy flavor and golden to orange color to foods. If unavailable, 1/4 teaspoon turmeric may be substituted for the annatto oil to add golden color to the quinoa.
Cook's Tip: Short ribs may be cooked on the stovetop. Cooking times for beef and papaya remain the same.
Cook's Tip: Use the internet to easily locate ethnic or hard-to-find foods when specialty markets are not nearby as many ingredients may be available via mail order.
Cook's Tip: For easier cleanup, line bottom of broiler pan (not rack) with aluminum foil.
To Make Annatto Oil: Heat 2 tablespoons annatto seeds in 1/4 cup olive oil in 1-quart saucepan over low heat 8 to 9 minutes. Oil will become deep orange. Cool and strain.
This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc; and a good source of fiber.