I think this recipe is somewhat similar to a previous quinoa recipe that is already on the blog, but I wanted to post it to share a simple supper that is even quicker to make than rice. Quinoa is a great grain to have in place of rice and it cooks up in 20 minutes. I paired it with french lentils, which do not require soaking, and also cook up quickly in about 30 minutes.
Here is the recipe for Simple Quinoa (see picture to the left): 1 cup quinoa, rinsed thoroughly through a wire strainer, 2 cups of water, 1/2 medium onion, chopped, 2 garlic cloves, minced, 1 celery stalk, chopped, 3 green onions, chopped, 1 tbsp sesame seeds, 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds, 1 tbsp cashews, 1/2 tsp sesame oil, 1 tsp grated lemon rind, 1 tsp ginger, freshly grated
Place quinoa and water in a pot and bring to a boil. Add onions, garlic, celery, and green onions, and reduce to simmer for 20 minutes. Once quinoa is finished cooking, add sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, cashews, sesame oil, lemon rind, and ginger, and mix well. Serve with french lentils and a simple stir fry (I used carrots, zucchini, sugar snap peas, cauliflower, and collard greens).
This was a delicious and light meal that was ready in no time!