‘Karma Chow’s Ultimate Cookbook’: Mushroom Quinoa Pilaf
This was a really easy side dish that comes from ‘Karma Chow’s Ultimate Cookbook,’ by Melissa Costello. It’s a pilaf made with quinoa instead of the typical rice. Quinoa is often referred to as a ‘super grain.’ It may be lacking tights and a cape but man, is it full of awesomeness. Quinoa gives you plenty of fiber, magnesium, vitamin B2, manganese, iron, and protein-quinoa is a complete protein all in itself!
I was not completely thrilled with how the dish came out- Hence the ‘meh’ rating. I think I need to experiment a bit more with spices and flavoring to perk it up a bit. The dish fell a little short, so I added a little extra Herbamare (a salt and herb blend) which helped a bunch.
1. Cook 1 cup of quinoa according to the package directions and put to the side. (The 1 Cup is the amount you’ll need ONCE IT’S ALREADY COOKED-for some reason that always confuses me. But feel free to cook extra for other dishes!)
2. Saute 1/2 a diced medium onion with 2 minced cloves of garlic in 1 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil in a pot until the onion is soft.
3. Throw in 1 Tbsp. of red wine vinegar, 2 cups of mushrooms (these can be any kind you want! Make it a variety for fun), and salt and pepper to taste, and cook for a few minutes or until the mushrooms are nice and soft.
4. Add 2 Tbsp. of fresh parsley, 1 tsp. of dried oregano, and 1/4 cup of pine nuts (the book says they should be “lightly toasted,” but I just threw them in there fresh) and give it a mix.
5. Add all of it to the cooked quinoa and pour on the lemon juice from 1/2 a lemon. Give it one last mix.
Naturalie’s Note: I added some celery, which was starting to turn, to the mix. Add in some carrots or any other veggies that you want for extra veggie power!
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