Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Quinoa Pilaf

I have people tell me all the time that they tried quinoa once, but they thought it was gross, or too bland for their liking, etc., and they haven't had it since.  Quinoa, like anything else, has to be cooked right to taste right...and you have to make sure you rinse it off first, to remove the bitterness from the hulls. 

I'm adding this recipe to show how simple it is to add amazing flavors to a bland dish...this works for rice, millet, amaranth...well, any grain you are cooking.  So, take an extra 3 minutes and dice up some veggies to add with your quinoa and it will change the dish entirely.

This post is featured on Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Allergy Free Wednesday, Allergy Friendly Friday, Whole Food Fridays, and Gluten Free Fridays.

Quinoa Pilaf
1 tablespoon olive, coconut, or canola oil
a pinch of whole cumin seeds (I average about 8 seeds, I would guess)
2 cloves garlic
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 celery stalk, diced
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 3/4 cup water
1 teaspoon salt


Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the cumin seeds and let them toast for a couple of seconds.  Add in the garlic, carrot, and celery and cook for a 1-2 minutes. Add in the quinoa and stir to coat it in the oil and veggies.  Add in the water and salt.  Bring to a boil, then cover and turn the heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the quinoa is tender and most of the water is absorbed.


  1. I LOVE quinoa, & usually make a batch once or 2x a week, then do a big stir fry to go with, & salad, maybe some beans ... mmmm!!
    I babysit at my daughter's home several days a week, & at first she was in the 'quinoa's OK' camp, while her hubby & I LOVE it!! Over time, she's liked it better, & we have fun with similar lunches.
    I have my Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Bake in the oven right now, to take to a Halloween gathering this evening - http://vestellasvale.blogspot.com/2012/04/pumpkin-pie-quinoa-bake.html
    Today I used a cup of Quinoa (I'm out of amaranth - I usually use some, as it's smaller & less expensive, very similar seed) & 3/4 C pumpkin, with some carob, the cacao nibs & some maple syrup - yum!!

  2. LOVE quinoa! I need to make some of this asap

    I saw this on Allergy Free Weds - if you're interested, I also shared my recipes on there: my banana bread muffins and mocha banana protein soft serve. Have a great morning :)

  3. I love quinoa! We eat it alot!! I have this recipe on my to make list! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) We had 101 awesome recipes! What a great resource we are creating!! Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

    The winner of the Domata prize pack will be announced Thursday at the party!