8.11.2009

a new take on quinoa (keen-wah)

if you think you can't find quinoa at a store near you, think again :) it's fairly common. maybe safeway, giant or smith's won't have it--- but trader joe's, sunflower market, wild oats or whole foods should have it. we tried quinoa before. this time it was even better!!
ingredients (serves 2):
1 cup quinoa
2 cups chicken or vegetable broth

4 Tbs olive oil
1/2 onion
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
2-3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
10 leaves fresh basil
grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste

juice of 2-3 limes
1-2 salmon fillets

directions:
add quinoa & broth to rice cooker (takes about 25-30 minutes to cook).
heat non-stick skillet over medium high heat, add the lime juice. once heated, add salmon fillet(s) and sear 2 minutes on each side.
heat another non-stick skillet over high heat and add the oil. add onions, bell peppers; saute for 1-2 minutes more; add garlic and saute until peppers become slightly limp but still bright, about one to two minutes; season with salt and pepper. remove the pan from heat; add basil and quinoa. toss until basil wilts, garnish with Parmesan cheese.
*****the salmon was really tart so we chopped it up and mixed it in with the rest of the food. mmmm

courtesy of trader joe's (and myself)

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