Quinoa (pron. keeh-wah) is not a true cereal grain, but rather the fruit of an herb plant. Prepare quinoa using the same water/grain ratio as rice. It's got a higher protein content than other side-dishes.

Quinoa is especially great when served as a part of a mediterranean-inspired meal, such as: Lamb Kabobs, Lemon Chicken Fricasse, Chicken with Mustard Sauce. It's also great with Trout and Pork Chops.

Serves four as a side dish

In a covered saucepan, bring to a boil:

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed

Cover, reduce heat to lowest setting and cook for about 20 minutes or until all the water is absorbed.

Sauté in 1-2 T olive oil, about ¼ cup each of:

    • Leeks, finely sliced and chopped a bit

    • Celery, finely chopped

    • Red pepper, finely chopped

    • One shallot, minced

When softened, add to quinoa with salt and pepper to taste. Also add:

  • ¼ cup sliced almonds, smashed a bit with your hands as you add them

Stir all together, taste for seasoning and serve.

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