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Quinoa – Mexican Style

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Serves: 6

Quinoa (Keen-whah) is an extremely healthy Ancient grain that has become quite popular with “foodies” in the last 10 years. Its versatility as both a hot “starch” alternative and cold in salads has made it an appealing addition in the repertoire of many “trendy” restaurants.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 1 Tbsp. Vegetable or Peanut Oil
  • 3⁄4 cup Sweet Onion, chopped
  • 1⁄4 cup Red Bell Pepper, diced
  • 2 each Fresh Jalapenos, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. Garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1⁄3 cup Pepitas, lightly toasted
  • 3⁄4 cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • 1⁄2 cup Green Onions, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Lime Juice
  • 1⁄4 tsp. Salt

Instructions

  1. Toast quinoa in a large dry skillet over medium heat, stirring often, until it crackles and becomes aromatic, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a fine sieve and rinse thoroughly.
  2. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, red bell pepper, garlic and jalapenos and cook, stirring often, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add the quinoa and broth; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer, cover and cook until absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.
  4. Add pepitas, cilantro, scallions, lime juice and salt to the quinoa; mix gently and fluff with a fork.

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