Lemon and Basil Quinoa

Lemon and Basil Quinoa

Have you tried quinoa?  I had seen so many recipes and read about it on the Internet, but only recently did it become available around these parts.  It’s grain-like and it cooks just like rice, but has more flavor and a little different texture.  It is very high in protein and contains essential amino-acids, plus it is gluten-free.  The box that I bought stated that it had been pre-rinsed, because in it’s natural state there is a bitter coating.
As you well know I am way more about the sweets and deep fried foods than the healthy good for you stuff. My husband and kids are really meat and potatoes kind of eaters, literally! But I am here to tell you, we all liked it a lot.  I was expecting everyone to taste it and turn up their noses; however, they ate every bite!  They also say this makes a great breakfast, kind of like oatmeal.  Many possibilities to try and I will be experimenting with this new addition to my pantry.  Pick some up next time you shop, it is really good and good for you too.
Lemon and Basil Quinoa


1 cup quinoa (rinsed if it hasn’t been pre-rinsed)

2 cups chicken broth

1 tablespoon butter

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

1 tablespoon fresh basil (or 1/2 tablespoon dried)

Cooking Directions:

Add quinoa and chicken broth in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to simmer and cook 10 to 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.  Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients.  Serve immediately.



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