Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Quinoa Pilaf

I love quinoa (Keen-wa).  I was able to grab a big bag of organic quinoa from BJs about a month or so ago and have been making a few recipes with it here and there.  Only one of my boys likes it so it usually ends up being a lunch for just three of us.

I actually used the recipe on the bag for most of this dish with a few tweaks.  I'm a tweaker, I admit it.

It's simply sauteing a chopped onion and some carrots in a saucepan with a bit of oil. Add 2 cups of broth and one cup of quinoa, and cook for 15 minutes.

That's just a bit too boring for me so I added some garlic powder, salt, pepper, and a dash of paprika.

Then I dumped some leftover broccoli, onions, and carrots stir fry from last night's dinner (sauteed with fresh garlic, fresh ginger, and tamari (soy sauce).

Now we're talking!


I love the nutty flavor of the quinoa grain.  Once the grains puff into a ball, you know they are done.

Quinoa Pilaf
1 organic onion, chopped
2 organic carrots, diced
1 cup organic quinoa
2 cups organic vegetable broth
salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika to taste.
extra veggies

1. Saute onion and carrots in a bit of olive oil in a sauce pan.
2. Add broth and quinoa and cook for 15 minutes.
3. Season to taste.
4. Add sauteed veggies.

Be healthy!

The Lunch Lady

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