Tomato Basil Quinoa

February 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

Tomato Basil Quinoa

Quinoa is one of my favorite sides to eat. It’s fluffy, light, takes on flavors well & super easy to make. This Tomato Basil Quinoa is something quick you can make in less than 20 minutes and its really tasty too. The tomatoes and red bell peppers gives the quinoa a pretty orange-y color with pretty pops of green from the basil and green onion. Here’s the recipe (ingredients can be substituted to any veggies/herbs/spices you like):

This made about 12 cups

2 1/2 c quinoa (rinsed to get rid of the bitter outer layer)

4 c chicken stock (low to no sodium)

1/2 c water

2 red bell peppers (diced)

4 tomatoes (diced, I took out a lot of the tomato insides, but if you leave it you wont need to add the extra water)

2 cloves garlic (chopped)

3 shallots (chopped)

2 tbsp butter (unsalted)

olive oil

kosher salt/pepper (to taste)

fresh basil (I used about 2 handfuls of basil, chiffonade or torn, either way)

lemon zest (about 1 small lemon)

green onion (optional-I used about 3 tbsp chopped and the green part only)

– saute the shallots and garlic in the olive oil and butter until its soft and translucent (med heat)

– add the bell peppers and cook for about  2 mins

– add the tomatoes and cook until everything is soft and some of the excess liquid from the veggies are gone

– add the quinoa, chicken stock and water

– stir all together and turn the heat to high

– once it boils, turn it down to a simmer and cover for about 15 mins, then uncover for about 3-4 mins and turn fire off

– toss in the basil, green onions & lemon zest

Hope you try the recipe! This is a good one for leftover veggies. 8)

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