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Quinoa with Latin Flavors

Source: © EatingWell Magazine
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Active Time:  30 Minutes
Total Time:  45 Minutes
  6 servings, 2/3 cup each
Cilantro, lime and scallions lend a bright finish to delicate quinoa. This versatile side pairs well with seafood, poultry or pork.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
1 cup  quinoa (see Note)
2 teaspoons  canola oil
1   medium onion, chopped
1 4-ounce can  chopped green chiles
2 cloves  garlic, minced
1 14-ounce can  reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
1/4 cup  pepitas, toasted (see Note)
3/4 cup  coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 cup  chopped scallions
2 tablespoons  lime juice
1/4 teaspoon  salt

Ingredient Note:   Quinoa, a delicately flavored grain that was a staple in the ancient Incas' diet, is available in most natural-foods stores and the natural-foods sections of many supermarkets.

Toasting the grain before cooking enhances the flavor, and rinsing removes any residue of saponin, quinoa's natural, bitter protective coating.

To toast nuts & seeds on the stovetop: Toast in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Hulled pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are dusky green and have a delicate nutty flavor. They can be found in the health-food or bulk sections of many supermarkets.
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DIRECTIONS
Toast quinoa in a large dry skillet over medium heat, stirring often, until it crackles and becomes aromatic, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a fine sieve and rinse thoroughly.


Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add chiles and garlic; cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the quinoa and broth; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer, cover and cook until the quinoa is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.


Add pepitas, cilantro, scallions, lime juice and salt to the quinoa; mix gently and fluff with a fork.


Recipe reprinted by permission of © EatingWell Magazine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   6 servings, 2/3 cup each
Calories: 181
Fat. Total: 6g
Protein: 7g
Carbohydrates, Total: 27g
Fat, Saturated: 1g
Fiber: 3g
Cholesterol: 1mg
Sodium: 196mg
% Cal. from Fat: 30%
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