So I have a confession, I am totally in love with quinoa. There is such a nice flavor that comes from quinoa. It is almost a nutty and savory taste that is accompanied by a slight crunchiness that sends your tastebuds on a journey. When I first was introduced to quinoa I was hesitant, but after just one taste I was hooked. What makes quinoa so intriguing is that it is an ancient grain that is actually a good source of protein as well. Yes… you heard me right.. a grain that is a protein. Let that sink in for a moment.
I have come up with a simple recipe that can accompany any great meal. There are so many ways that you can personalize your own special pilaf to suite your tastebuds, or even the occasion. Let’s gather up our ingredients.
Simple Quinoa Rice Pilaf
1 cup Quinoa
1 cup Brown Rice
4 cups Water
2 tsp Granulated Beef Boullion
1 stalk Celery, diced
1 medium Onion, diced
1 medium Carrot, diced
2 tbsp Garlic, minced
3 tsp Italian Seasoning
1 tbsp Vegan Butter
-Quinoa comes in a lot of different varieties that each have a unique profile. Feel free to experiment and find the type that you like the most
-You can also add sliced nuts such as almond to the mix as well as cranberries or raisins. Remember, feel free to make this recipe your own.
Now that we have all the ingredients together. Let’s get started!
1)Gather up your vegetables and make sure to clean off the celery and carrot.
2)Dice up the celery, carrot, and onion into small dices.
3)Place the olive oil in a saute pan and heat up over medium heat.
4)Dissolve the bouillon into the water, making sure that all the bouillon has been completely dissolved.
5)In a rice cooker place the bouillon water, brown rice ,and quinoa. Turn the rice cooker onto cook. (You can also cook the rice and quinoa on the stove as per manufacturer instructions if you do not have a rice cooker)
6)Gather together the diced onions, diced celery, diced carrots, minced garlic, and Italian seasoning.
7)In the heated saute pan, add the minced garlic and saute until lightly browned.
8)Add the carrots, celery, and onion and continue to saute.
9)Once the vegetables are softened and have a little color added to them, add the Italian seasoning and stir well.
10)Add the vegan butter to the pan and saute together until the butter is melted and the vegetables are just undercooked.
11)Once the vegetables are done being sauteed, add to the rice/quinoa mix and stir completely. Allow the rice to complete cooking.
12)Once the rice/quinoa mix is done cooking, mix together well in order to ensure that all the seasonings are completely incorporated.