Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Broccoli Quinoa Pilaf

I am always preaching my love of quinoa to anyone who will listen, but I recently realized I haven't featured that many quinoa recipes lately. I usually cook up a huge batch and just eat it with some veggies and a sprinkle of salad dressing. I wanted to put together a tasty, quick way to enjoy this versatile grain.

Enter broccoli. Did I mention I've been on a huge broccoli kick? After being ambivalent about it for months, I'm suddenly obsessed with adding it to everything. Since I was a little kid I've always been a bit weird about broccoli stalks. I always eat only the "leaves" and not the "stems." This recipe integrates the vitamin and fiber rich stems and I didn't even notice them! Just shred up some broccoli and cook with onion, quinoa and some vegetable broth. The result is a creamy and filling side dish that is super healthy. Best part: it takes only 15 minutes to prepare!

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1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, finely diced
1 medium head of broccoli (approx 1lb), cut into florets and washed
1 cup quinoa, dry
2 1/4 cup low sodium vegetable broth
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp paprika
1/4 cup slivered almonds

Step by Step Instructions:
1. In a medium saucepan, saute onion on medium heat in olive oil 3-4 minutes
2. Using a food processor, shred broccoli florets and stems (or finely dice with a knife)
3. Add broccoli to pan and toss with onion and olive oil
4. Add quinoa, veggie broth, pepper and paprika
5. Cover and bring to a boil
6. Reduce to medium heat and simmer for 10 minutes, until liquid is absorbed
7. Serve with optional slivered almonds


At February 7, 2012 at 9:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds fantastic! :)

At February 7, 2012 at 10:17 PM , Blogger Kim Bee said...

Oh yum, quinoa and broccoli must taste fab together. Looks so inviting.

At February 7, 2012 at 10:24 PM , Blogger Yummy said...

Delicious and healthy dish!

At February 7, 2012 at 10:49 PM , Blogger Christine's Pantry said...

Sounds great.

At February 7, 2012 at 11:22 PM , Blogger Maggie said...

I am quinoa crazy these days! What an amazing grain. I am always looking for new ways to make quinoa and this will definitely go into my queue. And actually, I could eat this as a whole meal and not just a side (you know, if my husband would only consider that a meal).

At February 7, 2012 at 11:59 PM , Blogger Michelle said...

I miss pilaf! This looks like an amazing version, how fluffy and delicious it would be!

At February 8, 2012 at 8:48 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I pretty much love quinoa! It is my favorite. I could literally eat it everyday. It is so delicious really.

At February 8, 2012 at 9:42 AM , Blogger Suzi said...

Sounds delicious. Next up on my to make list.

At February 8, 2012 at 12:10 PM , Blogger PolaM said...

I have to try cooking with quinoa! It seems to be the last craze and yours looks very good. I'll have to go buy some!

At February 8, 2012 at 12:59 PM , Blogger Red_Shallot said...

I have quinoa, I have broccoli, I have everything else.......*running to the kitchen*

At February 8, 2012 at 2:09 PM , Blogger Sweet and Salty SF said...

I've always been a little intimidated by cooking quinoa. Perhaps b/c it took me way too long to figure out how to pronounce it correctly ;) But your simple recipe inspires me to try it out! Thanks for featuring it!

At February 9, 2012 at 1:45 AM , Blogger Stephie said...

I've been on a huge quinoa kick recently, too! I've got some ideas for quinoa risotto knocking around in my head that I can't wait to try. Yum.

At February 9, 2012 at 6:01 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love broccoli and I love quinoa - so this seems like a no brainer for me to try! Congrats on top 9 :-)

At February 9, 2012 at 10:19 AM , Blogger Jefferson's Table said...

Your blog is so much fun! We do love broccoli and we are luke warm about quinoa? We will give it a try. Congratulations on Top 9!!!

At February 9, 2012 at 12:41 PM , Blogger Steve Cylka said...

I am also a huge fan of quinoa! Healthy and versatile. You can do so much with it!

At February 10, 2012 at 3:11 PM , Blogger Jenn Kendall said...

we haven't yet tried quinoa, but this sounds so delicious that we will definitely be trying this soon!

At February 13, 2012 at 9:49 AM , Blogger Dara Reppucci said...

NO worries. This dish would be lovely with some whole wheat couscous or barley as well.

At February 13, 2012 at 10:15 PM , Blogger Jenn @ Peas and Crayons said...

omg I would devour this!!! I've been quinoa obsessed lately! =)

At February 23, 2012 at 3:06 AM , Blogger Purabi Naha said...

The way you photographed the pilaf makes it so droolworthy! This looks like something I must try out, very unique indeed. http://cosmopolitancurrymania.blogspot.com

At March 28, 2012 at 12:25 AM , Blogger Amalia said...

I love both broccoli and quinoa and I think this is such a great meal! It's healthy, fresh, and I'm sure really delicious! Fabulous recipe :)

At March 28, 2012 at 9:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great idea! I never thought of putting broccoli and quinoa together!

At April 9, 2012 at 8:05 AM , Blogger Jay said...

very delicious & tempting
first time here..lovely space you have
happy following you..:)
do stop by mine sometime..

Tasty Appetite

At April 11, 2012 at 11:05 AM , Blogger Tina said...

This dish looks so fluffy and delicious! Quinoa and broccoli do make a great pairing and I like how this is lightly seasoned. I would have to have a second helping of this when it is presented. Delicious post!


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