Quinoa Side Dish



Quinoa? What’s quinoa? That was my husband’s response to this side I served him tonight. I didn’t have an answer, except to say that it was a grain that was supposedly good for you.

From about.com “Finally, of all the whole grains, quinoa has the most protein, so it’s perfect for vegetarians. Quinoa provides all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Quinoa is a gluten-free and cholesterol-free whole grain . . .”

Okay, so it’s good for me. Great. How does it taste?  Wonderful! Nutty, creamy, and with a wonderful texture, my husband ate every bite.

Try this recipe, you won’t be disappointed.  I found several other recipes I can’t wait to try.

This recipe is from allrecipes.com.

Serves 4

1 tablespoon butter
1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups vegetable broth
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 dash fresh lemon juice (optional)
1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the quinoa, and toast, stirring
occasionally, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in broth, and bring to a boil.
Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 15 minutes, or until quinoa is tender.
2. In a bowl, toss quinoa together with garlic, parsley, thyme, salt, and onion. Sprinkle with
lemon juice, and serve.

Calories: 207

  • Total Fat: 5.8g
  • Cholesterol: 8mg
  • Sodium: 400mg
  • Total Carbs: 32g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.9g
  • Protein: 6.9g

Weight Watchers Points 4


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