Saturday, August 29, 2009

La quinoa avec les legumes

      This is such a simple dish. I typically make a variation of this at least once or twice a week. In this recipe I used quinoa. Quinoa is super rich in protein - making this an invaluable food for vegetarians. Variations can be made with other grains. My favorite is a 8-grain blend from Trader Joe's. For either variation I feel that it is important to prepare the grain in vegetable broth instead of water. Personally for me, quinoa prepared with water is a little bland.

The Recipe:
serves about 2
1 Cup Quinoa
1 Cup Vegetable Broth
2 Red Bell Pepper
1 Onion, White or Walla Walla Sweet Onion preferred.
Seasoning of any type, such as, Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Minced Garlic, Oregano
Handful of Basil (optional)
Some Olive Oil for Sauté

In a medium pot, bring broth to boil. Add quinoa, return to boil - then reduce to simmer. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until liquid is fully absorbed. Meanwhile, chop onion and bell pepper into bite-sized pieces. Heat oil to medium high heat and then add in first the onion and when onion becomes slightly translucent add in bell pepper. Sauté until tender. Season and toss with basil (if using). Serve over a bed of quinoa.
Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free

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