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.
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.