Monday, July 30, 2012

Garlic Parmesan Quinoa

I have been wanting to try quinoa for a long time, but the store I shop at doesn't sell it. Last week a brand new store opened in our area that I LOVE! They sell lots of healthy food, as well as some really high quality ingredients. I could spend hours in there - it is my new happy place.

They had quinoa so I threw it in my cart knowing I had to come up with some delicious way to cook it. And here is what I've got for you today - Garlic Parmesan Quinoa.

So, what is quinoa, you ask? Well, I thought it was a grain but it's technically a seed. I really expected a strong nutty flavor and a gritty taste, but I got neither. It's surprisingly mild and took on the flavors I added well. Chris really liked it too - I foresee lots of new quinoa recipes coming your way. Quinoa is gluten free, cholesterol free and is packed with amino acids, making it a complete protein.

And that is my food history lesson for today.

Garlic Parmesan Quinoa
Source: Jenna Blogs

2 cups whole grain organic quinoa
4 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth, if you want this to be vegetarian)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt & Pepper

Heat a saucepan over medium heat. Add oil. Sauté onion for about 3 minutes. Lightly salt. Add garlic, and sauté for another 2 minutes. Add pepper.

Add in quinoa and broth. Bring to boil, cover and reduce to simmer. Simmer for about 15 minutes or until the quinoa has absorbed the liquid. Before removing from the heat, add in parmesan cheese. Mix well. Serve hot.
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