buy cialis online

Recipe: Tomato Basil Quinoa

The classic tomato-basil combo can be worked into almost any type of dish.  I had a ton of leftover basil from a wholesale produce order recently and decided that I need to make pesto.  Once I had about 2 cups of basil-walnut pesto I realized that I needed to do something with it, so this recipe was born.  When making quinoa, I always use chicken or vegetable stock (rather than water) to add depth and flavor.  The tomatoes in this recipe add another dimension, and some water – so you can cut the amount of liquid added by a little bit.

I’ve thought about what else I would add to this recipe, and I think almost any vegetable would be a great addition.  Other herbs would be a great addition as well.  Oregano is my second favorite herb to use with tomatoes (I think because it makes me think of pizza) – and the addition of fresh oregano to this would be delicious.

Tomato and Basil Quinoa

Serves 8

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups tomatoes, roughly chopped, reserve the liquid
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons pesto (homemade is ideal but store bought will do just fine)
  • 1 handful basil, separated into two piles, one finely chopped and the other leaves left whole
  • 1/4 cup coarsely grated parmesean
  • Salt and pepper to taste

In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add the onion and cook for about 4-5 minutes or until onions brown slightly.  Reduce the heat to medium and add the garlic and tomatoes.  Cover and let cook for 2-3 minutes.  Add the quinoa, stock, and pesto, stirring until all ingredients are incorporated together.  Cover and cook for about 15 minutes or until quinoa is tender.

Remove from heat and stir in the finely chopped fresh basil.  Use the whole basil leaves and parmesan cheese as garnish.

119 calories ∣ 23 calories from fat ∣ 3 g fat ∣ 0 g saturated fat ∣ 20 g carbs ∣ 2 g fiber ∣ 5 g protein ∣ Excellent source of vitamin K ∣ Manganese

Tags: , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>