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Lemony Quinoa Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Lemony Quinoa

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"Quinoa is a high-protein, good-for-you grain. It can be substituted for couscous and makes a lovely side dish. This recipe is a crunchy, lemony, healthy dish that can be used as a side or as a light meal."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins
  • READY IN

    25 mins

Directions

  1. Toast the pine nuts briefly in a dry skillet over medium heat. This will take about 5 minutes, and stir constantly as they will burn easily. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a saucepan, combine the quinoa, water and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, about 10 minutes. Cool slightly, then fluff with a fork.
  3. Transfer the quinoa to a serving bowl and stir in the pine nuts, lemon juice, celery, onion, cayenne pepper, cumin and parsley. Adjust salt and pepper if needed before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 15, 2009

I was unsure about the onion & celery being uncooked in this dish but made for a healthy dinner party with crab cakes and red pepper sauce. Perfect together and the quinoa was delicious and vegetable crunchy. I introduced quinoa to friends with this dish and they loved it. When serving, I packed it in a 1/2 cup measuring cup and it stayed molded on the plate. I topped it with a stem of rosemary and it was pretty and tasted wonderful. Nice side dish.

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 30, 2010

Not my favorite - made the recipe as is - too lemony for my tastes. Very acidy - felt like I was missing something.

 
Feb 03, 2008

Yummy! I boiled my quinoa in stock, and found it a bit too intensely flavoured. Next time I'll use 1/2 water and 1/2 stock. I added chopped red pepper and cucumber as well as the zest of the lemon I squeezed. Very yummy salad, thanks for the recipe!

 
Jan 18, 2008

Very good side dish. When I make it again, I'll add the spices to the water so the flavour blends into the grain, and since I'm not vegetarian, I'll use chicken stalk to increase the flavour. I don't like pine nuts & substituted whole cashews. I sauted the veggies & cashews in a little olive oil for a nice hot supper for myself while the family is away.

 
Jun 29, 2008

I made this recipe as a side dish and it turned out great. Loved the crunchy texture and the bright lemony taste. The next day I added a little olive oil to the cold leftovers and that was my lunch. One thing I did do, after reading several articles on quinoa, was rinse it thoroughly before cooking it.

 
Feb 06, 2009

This was a delicious recipe! I didn't have any pine nuts, so I used some slivered almonds instead. I also left out the parsley, because I didn't have that either! Even with these changes, the quinoa turned out great and was very tasty. Thanks for the recipe; I will be making it again!

 
Apr 07, 2008

I loved this dish.....I did omit the celery and pine nuts since I didnt have any on hand...I did sautee the red onion,garlic, and a diced zucchini and added that to the cooked quinoa. Loved the lemon juice flavor and enhanced that by adding the zest of a lemon as well. Very fresh tasting. Very healthy. Will make again!

 
Jan 12, 2009

This was the first time I prepared quinoa, and I won't be looking for other recipes... I did make some changes to the recipe that I will use the next time: I sauteed the vegetables (used a shredded zucchini in addition to the onion), added curry in addition to cumin (actually by accident - I grabbed the wrong "c" spice and it was added before I realized it) and used slivered almonds (that I browned in butter) in place of the pine nuts.

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 147 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 21.4 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 4.8 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 2.9 g
  • 12%
  • Protein
  • 5.9 g
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 74 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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