July 22, 2009

Mediterranean Quinoa

Filed under: Recipes — JBNUT @ 4:00 pm

There is an orzo dish that my mother and aunt both make that I adore. It is fantastic. Recently, I found out I am gluten sensitive so a lot of my favorite dishes have had to be modified. I switched out the orzo and replaced with quinoa and I have my dish back. The added bonus is quinoa is a whole grain and has more protein than orzo so the dish is good for me too. Here are the details for all to enjoy!

Make 1 ½ cups of quinoa with 3 cups of water. Quinoa is made similar to rice—the way you know it is ready is when you see the germ circles around the grains. Slice fresh spinach, dice bell peppers, chop red onions and add ½ cup of each to the grain. Add ½ cup of sun dried tomatoes and add 1 tablespoon of the oil from the jar.

**Tip—sometimes I add the oil from the sun dried tomato jar as I am cooking the grain. It just adds more flavor. Add ½ cup of feta cheese and toast ¼
cup of pine nuts and add to the mix. If desired add ½ cup of balsamic vinegar. Mix the ingredients and enjoy a family favorite!

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