Quick & Easy Quinoa Pilaf with Coconut #HighFiber

 

 

I’m more than half way through the A-Z Blogging challenge and am blogging the letter Q. I had no trouble coming up with a topic here. Quinoa , the magic high protein grain is the new black it seems. Salad it, cook it,  bake it or stuff it onto veggies it is  a delish highly nutritious grain which literally grabs the flavor of anything it touches. Higher protein than other grains makes it a great dish for vegans  as a good source of meatless protein.  It is also high in fiber , low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Manganese. I discovered it a few months back and have tried to get my family to eat it. This warm rice pilaf is a family favorite. I put a lot of veggies and some beans into it to make it a high fiber dish. It also makes a nice high protein snack and I have tried stuffing this pilaf into peppers to make a yummy appetizer. The key to making this a quick and easy dish is to soak the quinoa grains in water for 4-6 hrs and then they will cook super fast. You can make this stove top or in a rice cooker.

 

Quick & Easy Quinoa Pilaf #HighFiber

Yield: 10- 12 servings

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Add any combo of veggies to make your favorite rice pilaf. Stuff into Peppers and bake for a delish appetizer

Ingredients

  • Quinoa - 2 cups
  • Olive Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger - 1 tsp grated or paste
  • Chili flakes - 1/2 tsp ( optional)
  • Onion - 1 finely chopped
  • Tomato - 1 diced
  • Green pepper - 1 diced
  • Yellow pepper - 1 diced
  • Zucchini - 1 cup diced
  • Lima beans - 1 cup
  • Cilantro - 1/2 cup finely chopped
  • Coconut flakes - 1 tbsp
  • Water - 4 cups
  • Salt - to taste or 1 tsp

Instructions

  1. Wash quinoa a couple of times till water runs clear
  2. Soak quinoa in water for 4-6 hrs
  3. Heat oil, add chopped onions and saute till onions are transparent
  4. Add ginger, cumin and saute for 1 minute
  5. Add all chopped vegetables and saute for 2 minutes
  6. Add quinoa and saute for 1 minute
  7. Add 4 cups water and salt and simmer for 20 minutes or till quinoa is soft
  8. Add chopped cilantro and coconut flakes and mix well into cooked quinoa and simmer for 2 minutes
  9. Serve warm as a side or main dish.
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To read more in my A- Z  Blogging challenge, click here and check back tomorrow to read my post on the letter R. I am doing a post on Resveratrol, the red wine extract  that is the new potent nutrition supplement. It has huge benefits! You will want to read about it !!!

 

Comments

  1. Have been toying with the idea of using quinoa & this recipe looks quite delish ! Thanks , will try it out. Wonder how it will come out with cous cous ! Have some at home.

  2. Neat!! This seems like a spicy recipe & am all about adding spice to my meals. I always like adding cumin & will def be adding the chili flakes !

  3. This looks so colorful !! I love Quinoa and this recipe is so different . I printed it !

  4. OOh ! like !!! nice recipe. Makes me hungry :)

  5. nice it look so delicious i like to cook this… thanks for sharing

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