Pilaf was originally a dish in which rice is cooked in seasoned broth. However you probably by now that quinoa is a great rice substitute. Of course you can cook pilaf with quinoa. It’s basically a healthier option.
The following recipe is one of my favourite quinoa pilaf recipes.
Quinoa Pilaf – roasted
• 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots or onion
• 6 cloves garlic, minced (1 tablespoon minced)
• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
• 2 cups quinoa, rinsed and well drained
• 3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
• 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
• 1 bay leaf
• 1 cup bottled roasted red bell peppers, diced
• sea salt
• Freshly ground black pepper
1. In a large saucepan cook shallots and garlic in hot oil over medium heat until tender. Carefully stir in quinoa. Cook and stir about 5 minutes or until quinoa golden brown. Carefully stir in broth, thyme, and bay leaf Bring to boiling, reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 20 minutes or until quinoa is tender and fluffy.
2. Discard bay leaf. Gently stir in roasted peppers. Season to taste with sea salt and black pepper
Nutrition Facts per serving 125 cal, 3 g total fat (0 g sat fat), 0 mg chol., 169 mg sodium, 21 g carbo, 2 g fiber, 4 g pro