Quinoa is whole grain that has super powers! It is a "complete" protein because it contains all 9 essential amino acids (and it's gluten-free). I love looking up new ways to prepare Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah). It has a fluffy, slightly crunchy texture, and somewhat nutty flavor when cooked. This recipe is from one of my favorite cook books The Kind Diet, and I am so happy to share it with you. It is simple to prepare, very clean and fresh tasting, and extremely healthful. If you've never tried Quinoa, this is a great "starter" recipe. Skip the white rice tonight and try something new!
*More about Quinoa is provided in this previous post.
1 cup quinoa
Pinch of fine sea salt
1/2 cup pine nuts or cashews
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 generous handful fresh basil leaves, rinsed and chopped
Place the quinoa in a strainer and rinse well. Combine the quinoa with 2 cups of water and the salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
While the quinoa cooks, heat the pine nuts in a a small dry skillet over medium heat. Toast until the nuts are just starting to turn golden, about 6 to 7 minutes, shaking the pan to prevent burning. Transfer to a serving bowl to cool.
Add the quinoa to the serving bowl with the pine nuts and fluff with a fork. Add the olive oil and basil, stir to combine, and serve.