Quinoa is a high-protein, good-for-you grain. It can be substituted for couscous and makes a lovely side dish. This recipe is a crunchy, lemony, healthy dish that can be used as a side dish or as a light meal. Makes 6 Servings. Prep Time: 15 Minute. Cook Time: 10 Minutes. Ready In: 25 Minutes.
Friendly for Diabetes, Cardiovascular Health, and Weight Management. To turn this dish into a light, one-dish meal, add protein (chunks of grilled chicken breast, shrimp or tofu) and increase the veggies by adding any combination of chopped red, green, yellow or orange bell peppers.
1/4 cup pine nuts or toasted walnut pieces1 cup quinoa2 cups watersea salt to taste (optional)1/4 cup fresh lemon juice2 stalks celery, chopped1/4 red onion, chopped1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)1/2 teaspoon ground cumin1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped
Toast the pine nuts briefly in a dry skillet over medium heat. This will take about 5 minutes, and stir constantly as they will burn easily. Set aside to cool. In a saucepan, combine the quinoa, water and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, about 10 minutes. Cool slightly, then fluff with a fork. Transfer the quinoa to a serving bowl and stir in the nuts, lemon juice, celery, onion, cayenne pepper, cumin and parsley. Adjust salt and pepper if needed before serving.Brought to us by Allrecipes.com and contributor M. Blassing.