Spice Quinoa

This is a nice side dish.  If you haven’t cooked with quinoa it really is tasty when seasoned.  Just by itself is rather bland.  But being a seed it is a source of protein.  In this recipe you need to make sure you are using low or no sodium chicken broth.  Curry powder is a blend of spices so check to see the sodium content.  Raisins are not the best thing, not the worst thing.  If I was serving this cold I would leave out the raisins and add chopped apple and grapes (adding after quinoa has cooled).  I have my own dehydrator so I make my own dried cranberries and I would use those in place of the raisins.  This recipe is from All Recipes.

Spiced Quinoa

spiced quinoa

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3/4 cup quinoa
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 (14 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
1/2 cup raisins, soaked in hot water and drained (optional)


  1. Stir together the olive oil, onion, and garlic in a saucepan over medium heat until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the quinoa, curry powder, salt, pepper, cumin, cinnamon, and chicken stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 20 minutes until the quinoa is tender.
  2. Once the quinoa has finished cooking, stir in the drained garbanzo beans, toasted pine nuts, and raisins. Serve warm or cold.

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