Ever Heard of Quinoa?

A yummy little grain.

Quinoa is an ancient grain. In fact, the Incas held it as sacred. It is light and fluffy with a slightly nutty flavor. It’s really a perfect food, with 12-18% protein and a balanced set of amino acids. It’s gluten free and easily digestible. And unbelievably, it’s really yummy even though it’s so good for you. Try it for breakfast, lunch or dinner, as a side dish or main dish…get creative. This recipe for herbed quinoa has a light, lemony flavor that’s great as a side dish for fish or chicken.

2 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken stcok
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups quinoa
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme leaves
2 tsp lemon zest
salt and black pepper

For the quinoa: In a medium saucepan, add the chicken stock, lemon juice and quinoa. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover the pan and cook until all the liquid is absorbed, about 12 to 15 minutes.

For the dressing: In a small bowl, mix together the oilve oil, lemon juice, basil, parsley, thyme and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Pour the dressing over the quinoa and toss until all the ingredients are coated. Transfer the quinoa to a bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and serve.

About Chef Ro

I am executive chef of Barcellona Bites, a boutique catering and personal chef service in Folsom, CA. I am also a wife, mom of two college-aged daughters in the Pacific Northwest, yogi and animal lover. Please LIKE my facebook page for tasty recipes, helpful information and kitchen, cooking and lifestyle tips. www.facebook.com/barcellonabites
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