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.
- 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.)
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