Thursday, January 14, 2010

Quinoa With Roasted Pine Nuts and Basil

Hope the start of everyones new year is going well and for those of us in school, the best of new semesters. So here is the recipy for today:

Quinoa with Roasted Pinenuts and Basil.

1 cup of Quinoa
1/2 cup of Pinenuts and/or sliced almonds and cashews
handful of fresh basil chopped
Pinch of sea salt
1 tbs of olive oil

Place the quinoa in a strainer and rinse well. Combine with 2 cups of water and the salt in saucepan. Bring to a boil before reducing heat. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

While the quinoa is cooking heat the nuts in a small dry skillet over meaduim heat. Toast them until they start to turn golden (6-7 minutes). TO prevent burning shake the pan frequently. Move to a bowl and let cool.

Add the quinoa to a serving bowl with the nuts and fluff with fork. Add trhe olive oil and basil. Stir to combined.

Health note: Quinoa is great. Its actually a seed that is cooked and has the vitimines and fiber of a whole grain. Its really high in protien. If you want to give this crazy little seed more of a flavor thats rich and nutty, pan roast the rinsed quinoa until it is golden brown.