I really have wanted to eat more quinoa.  A lot has been written about the health benefits of this grain.  A chart highlighting the facts about quinoa can be found from this link - Self Nutrition Data.  This link to Eating Well also provides some really good details about quinoa.  What I like most about quinoa is it is pretty neutral.  You can add whatever flavor you like for the quinoa to absorb.  It also serves as a great side, compliment to your main course.  So this vegetable quinoa recipe was simply prepared with peppers, tomatoes and garlic added .

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1/4 each green, yellow & orange pepper
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  •  2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 tbsp mild harissa sauce
  • 8 – 10 grape tomatoes, halved
  • salt & pepper to taste

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Directions:

Bring the pot of water to a boil.  Drop in the quinoa and cook for 10 minutes or so.  All the water will be absorbed.  In a sauté pan, add the oil and heat on medium high heat.  Add the onion and cook until soft, about 4 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.  Now add the peppers, harissa and cook for 2 minutes.

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Lower to low heat.  Season with salt and pepper and add the tomatoes.  Pour the quinoa into the vegetables.  Stir well and let the flavors mix for a couple of minutes.

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Serve and enjoy!