March 21, 2011

Carrot Quinoa Pilaf

Have you also joined the latest craze and  purchased a humongous bag of Quinoa from Costco?  Well, I did, and this is - by far - my favorite way to prepare it.  It goes perfectly as your starchy side dish to any stir fry meal.  We love it as a replacement for rice or potatoes.  It tastes fresh, it IS healthy, and it's filling.  Just what you need to add to your family's menu.

1 TBS. oil
1/2 c. chopped onion
1 small clove garlic, minced
2 carrots, chopped small
1 c. quinoa, rinsed
2 c. vegetable broth (could substitute chicken)
1/4 c. fresh parsley, chopped

Heat oil in saucepan over medium high heat.  Add onions and cook about 5 minutes, until translucent and fragrant.  Add carrot and garlic and saute about 3 minutes.  Stir in quinoa and broth.  Bring to boil.  Reduce to simmer.  Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until fluffy.  Add parsley and serve hot.
Really delicious with this Sweet Gingered Dijon Salmon

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