I first heard about quinoa about ten years ago. I knew it was healthy. But, it sounded weird, so I didn’t mess with it.
About a year ago I bought some because I knew it was healthy. But, it sounded weird, so I didn’t mess with it.
Then, we had dinner with a very healthy, very good cook, friend of ours last fall. She made a delightful quinoa dish for us. And so, we decided to mess with it. In fact, I read the wikipedia on quinoa aloud to hubs on the drive home.
Quinoa is healthy for you and cooks quickly, making it an ideal side dish at supper. I generally make it into a pilaf, which is easy to make and full of flavor.
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped or 1 shallot, finely chopped
2 cups quinoa
4 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon parsley flakes
In large fry pan with a lid, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and quinoa. Saute until the quinoa starts to brown and the onion becomes clear.
Add chicken broth and parsley flakes and bring to a slight boil. Cover and reduce heat. Cook for 12 minutes, covered, until liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork, recover and allow to steam for another 10 – 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, and serve.