Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Quinoa with Toasted Pine Nuts

I have never been a huge fan of quinoa as I am big on texture and these tiny little grains seemed a bit tedious to me so naturally I have avoided even trying quinoa until I was face with a predicament....the proverbial fork in the road...choosing which path to take...it was all very dramatic.

Actually not at all...I went to a friends house for a dinner party and like any good southern guest, I knew I had to eat everything the hostess served. So that is just what I did and I'll be damned, I loved it! Here is a twist on what we had that evening!

Quinoa with Toasted Pine Nuts
as adapted from Cooking Light

1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 1/4 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup pine nuts
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Rinse and drain quinoa. Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add shallots; sauté 1 minute or until tender. Add minced garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. 
Add quinoa; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. 
Add chicken stock and kosher salt; bring to a boil. 
Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 13 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender.
While quinoa cooks, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. 
Add pine nuts to pan; cook 3 minutes or until browned, stirring frequently. 
Combine quinoa mixture, pine nuts, 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, parsley, chives, and pepper; toss.

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