Saturday, April 28, 2012

Savory Quinoa

Quinoa is easy to cook, once you get past the washing. The cleaner this grain is before cooking, the milder the taste, will be which means it will take on more of the flavors that you add. You can make it sweet and spicy or salty and savory, and it's great either way! 

Be sure to rinse 3 times in a bowl of water, rubbing it between your hands to clean. Drain the cloudy water after each rinse.

1 quart of chicken broth
2 cups well-rinsed quinoa
2 large bay leaves
1 1/2 t minced garlic
1 T dried parsley
1/2 t salt (adjust to taste)
opt. 1 peppermint tea bag*
1/4 cup olive oil

Bring broth to a boil, add quinoa.
Return to a boil, reduce heat. Add bay leaves, garlic, parsley, salt and tea bag. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the tea bag after about 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and keep covered for 5 minutes. Remove bay leaves. Toss in the olive oil.

* you may add 1 T fresh mint or omit altogether but it does add a nice, subtle flavor

This makes a great side dish for about two meals or a main dish with a salad.
Love the chewy texture of this grain!

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