Jun 4

Quinoa Pilaf (Secret Recipe Club)

Another month has gone by – time once again for my Secret Recipe Club post!  This month’s assignment was a great blog called Kitchen Trial & Error.  Kate’s recipes were a lot of fun to browse, and I found myself having a hard time choosing between several.  
I came very close to baking these delicious bars but instead, opted for a healthy side dish to have with fish for dinner.  I made this very early in the month and since then, we’ve had quinoa three more times.  It’s becoming a favorite in this house! 

This dish couldn’t be any easier.  It’s a great substitute for the usual rice.  Full of protein and fiber, yet nice and light – perfect for summer!

Check out Kate’s blog for some great recipes…there are certainly plenty to choose from!
Quinoa Pilaf
slightly adapted from Kitchen Trial & Error
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons onion, finely chopped 
1 cup quinoa
2 cups chicken stock
Heat stock to a boil and keep warm.  Meanwhile, heat butter in a saucepan over medium low heat.  Add onion and saute until soft, about 3-4 minutes.
Rinse and drain quinoa, then add to saucepan with onion and stir until toasted, about 3 minutes.  Stir in stock and season with salt.  Turn heat to low, cover and cook for about 17 minutes.
Fluff with a fork before serving.  Top with chopped scallions, if desired.
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12 Responses to Quinoa Pilaf (Secret Recipe Club)

  1. Love Kate’s blog. This quinoa looks simple and delicious! Book marking.

  2. Kate says:

    hi melissa – this quinoa pilaf was our introduction to quinoa too! now i can’t get enough. i’m glad you liked it. 🙂

  3. Jaida says:

    Yum, yum, yum!! I love Quinoa – great pick for SRC!

  4. Sounds like a great summer side dish!

    If you haven’t already, I’d love it if you’d check out my SRC pick this month: Dark Chocolate S’mores Pie!

  5. Susie says:

    I love quinoa, and this looks like a great simple recipe for a weeknight dinner…I always feel so stumped when I look at the bare stuff…

  6. Lisa~~ says:

    What a great alternative for rice pilaf, looks wonderful.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC entry Candied Popcorn.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  7. Kim Bee says:

    This is truly gorgeous. It just looks so fresh and light. Plus it’s pretty which I totally appreciate.

  8. Shelby says:

    I love how simple food that is healthy can be so delicious!

  9. What a great alternative to rice pilaf, quinoa adds more nutrition. Love it! Great photo, too.

  10. Lisa says:

    So few ingredients, yet such a lovely, fluffy main or side dish. I have yet to try quinoa, but this would be one of the great places to start! Fantastic choice from Kate’s blog!

  11. I have yet to try quinoa, but I have no idea why. This looks like a great “intro” recipe, and I’ll definitely have to try it!

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