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Friday, February 11, 2011

Q is for Quinoa!

So, it is Friday... so it is another recipe!  I have been trying to eat healthy and would like to be healthier!  Earlier this week I cooked quinoa for the first time.   What is quinoa?  As per Wikipedia....Quinoa (say KEEN-wah) is the wonder grain: high in protein, gluten-free, easy to digest, and quick to cook.


It is fairly easy to cook, but I think what makes it really good is what you add to it!  Here the recipe I went with, basically adapted from a Food Network recipe.   



Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed well  (must get a very fine mesh strainer to clean/rinse the quinoa)
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley (I did not have any, so did not include.)
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 onion, chopped (this was my addition to recipe.  It added a lot of flavor.)
  • Optional:  1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley (I did not have any, so did not include.)

Directions

Place the quinoa in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until toasted, about 2 minutes. Add 1 3/4 chicken stock (could use water instead, but I think stock as flavor)and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, until the liquid is absorbed, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit, covered, about 2 minutes.
Meanwhile, toast the pine nuts in a skillet over medium-high heat, stirring, until golden, about 3 minutes; transfer to a plate. Add the olive oil, onion, and garlic to the skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring, until golden, about 2 minutes. Transfer the garlic to the plate, reserving the oil.
Fluff the quinoa with a fork. Add the pine nuts, garlic, onion, reserved oil, parsley, raisins, and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper and toss.
I served it with pork chops and it was yummy.   Even the husband liked it.... he usually refuses to eat whole grains.  When I cook brown rice... he always cooks some white rice for himself.  Stubborn!
Get some quinoa... it is tasty and good for you!  Until next time...xoxo

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