Quinoa Quickie

This dish is a winner not only because it requires minimal effort to prepare with just a few simple ingredients, but also because it is quite tasty and pairs well with almost any main dish. Substituting quinoa for rice is a healthy alternative because it contains almost twice the fiber and protein for the same amount of calories. Quinoa is a seed not a grain that is grown primarily in South America.  This dish is also good warmed up the next morning for breakfast.

Ingredients:

1 cup of quinoa uncooked

2 cups of water

1 trimmed leek

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

1 tablespoon of butter

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Cooking Method:

  • Follow directions on package to prepare quinoa.  

  • After pouring quinoa into stock pot, add salt plus 1 trimmed leek cut finely.  Cook together until quinoa is done.  

  • While the quinoa mixture is cooking, roast 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds in a microwave on a flat plate for 2 minutes.  Stir pumpkin seeds around the plate to avoid hot spots, and roast for another minute.  

  • After quinoa has cooked, stir in pumpkin seeds and 1 tablespoon of butter.  

  • Serve along side chicken, or fish dish.   

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