Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Quinoa & Veggie Pilaf

So this is technically not a pilaf, but it tastes like one. The best part, its missing all the carbs! Technically, a pilaf is toasted rice. But quinoa is a great substitute for rice that adds substance to the dish, without the carbs. If you are new to quinoa, it is a protein, NOT a carb, and its very versatile, similar to rice. Next time you are looking for a healthy side dish with some substance, try out this veggie packed recipe.

Recipe yields about 6 servings as a side dish

1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium yellow onion
3 medium carrots
1 large head of broccoli
2 cups Swiss chard
1 cup quinoa
2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp red pepper flakes

Using a madoline (or really amazing knife skills) shred the onion, carrots, broccoli and Swiss chard.

Heat the oil in a large skillet and saute the vegetables for 2-3 minutes, until tender.

Add the quinoa, vegetable broth, salt & pepper, paprika and red pepper flakes to the skillet. Give it a good stir. Bring to a boil and then cover and simmer for 15-18 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed.

Serve alongside grilled chicken or sauteed shrimp for a super healthy and detoxifying meal or serve on its own as the main dish. Enjoy!

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