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Monday, June 4, 2012

Quinoa Pilaf (Secret Recipe Club)


Another month has gone by - time once again for my Secret Recipe Club post!  This month's assignment was a great blog called Kitchen Trial & Error.  Kate's recipes were a lot of fun to browse, and I found myself having a hard time choosing between several.  

I came very close to baking these delicious bars but instead, opted for a healthy side dish to have with fish for dinner.  I made this very early in the month and since then, we've had quinoa three more times.  It's becoming a favorite in this house! 


This dish couldn't be any easier.  It's a great substitute for the usual rice.  Full of protein and fiber, yet nice and light - perfect for summer!


Delicious!

Check out Kate's blog for some great recipes...there are certainly plenty to choose from!

Quinoa Pilaf
slightly adapted from Kitchen Trial & Error

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons onion, finely chopped 
1 cup quinoa
2 cups chicken stock

Heat stock to a boil and keep warm.  Meanwhile, heat butter in a saucepan over medium low heat.  Add onion and saute until soft, about 3-4 minutes.

Rinse and drain quinoa, then add to saucepan with onion and stir until toasted, about 3 minutes.  Stir in stock and season with salt.  Turn heat to low, cover and cook for about 17 minutes.

Fluff with a fork before serving.  Top with chopped scallions, if desired.





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12 Comments:

At June 4, 2012 at 12:18 PM , Blogger The Slow Roasted Italian said...

Love Kate's blog. This quinoa looks simple and delicious! Book marking.

 
At June 4, 2012 at 12:48 PM , Blogger Kate said...

hi melissa - this quinoa pilaf was our introduction to quinoa too! now i can't get enough. i'm glad you liked it. :)

 
At June 4, 2012 at 12:52 PM , Blogger Jaida said...

Yum, yum, yum!! I love Quinoa - great pick for SRC!

 
At June 4, 2012 at 1:34 PM , Blogger Amy @ A Little Nosh said...

Sounds like a great summer side dish!

If you haven't already, I'd love it if you'd check out my SRC pick this month: Dark Chocolate S’mores Pie!

 
At June 4, 2012 at 2:06 PM , Blogger Susie said...

I love quinoa, and this looks like a great simple recipe for a weeknight dinner...I always feel so stumped when I look at the bare stuff...

 
At June 4, 2012 at 2:18 PM , Blogger Lisa~~ said...

What a great alternative for rice pilaf, looks wonderful.

If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC entry Candied Popcorn.

Lisa~~
Cook Lisa Cook

 
At June 4, 2012 at 5:58 PM , Blogger Kim Bee said...

This is truly gorgeous. It just looks so fresh and light. Plus it's pretty which I totally appreciate.

 
At June 4, 2012 at 8:31 PM , Blogger Shelby said...

I love how simple food that is healthy can be so delicious!

 
At June 5, 2012 at 2:51 AM , Blogger Veronica Miller said...

What a great alternative to rice pilaf, quinoa adds more nutrition. Love it! Great photo, too.

 
At June 5, 2012 at 2:58 AM , Blogger Lisa said...

So few ingredients, yet such a lovely, fluffy main or side dish. I have yet to try quinoa, but this would be one of the great places to start! Fantastic choice from Kate's blog!

 
At June 5, 2012 at 11:22 AM , Anonymous Lesa @Edesias Notebook said...

I have yet to try quinoa, but I have no idea why. This looks like a great "intro" recipe, and I'll definitely have to try it!

 
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