Here’s the first of several Holiday dishes you can try this month. “Holiday” because they are festive in color and flavor but the nutrition and ease of these recipes are good for everyday. This one is a simple whole grain side dish that is full of texture & flavor: Quinoa with Cherries & Pine Nuts.
Quinoa is an ancient grain that has been in the Andes of South America for more than 5,00 years. Quinoa provides a high protein content as well as fiber, phosphorus , iron and magnesium. And for all of my gluten-free followers, this recipe is for you!!
Here it is:
1 cups quinoa
2 cups water
½ cup dried cherries (cut in half, if needed)
¼ cup pine nuts (toasted in sauté pan or in 350 degree oven 3-5 minutes)
½ red onion, diced finely and sautéed in 2 teaspoons olive oil over medium heat until translucent (3-5 minutes)
Heat the quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan; Cover; turn the heat to low and cook until all water is absorbed , about 20 minutes. Turn off heat and allow to rest, 5 minutes.
Put the quinoa in a bowl; mix in the cherries, pine nuts and cooked red onion. Season with salt & pepper to taste.