Monday, March 14, 2011

Quinoa with Carrots and Raisins

We tried quinoa for the first time last week. This recipe is from

1/4 cup olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced (I used 1/2 of an onion)
2 carrots, grated
1 1/4 cups raisins (I used about a cup)
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 cups quinoa
3/4 cup chopped cilantro (I did not use cilantro)
1 1/2 cups orange juice
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir onion, carrots, raisins, and pumpkin pie spice until onion becomes golden, about 5 minutes. Stir in quinoa and cilantro and allow to toast for a few minutes. Pour orange juice and water in and stir well, bringing to a boil. Reduce heat cook until all the liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes, then add walnuts. Fluff with a fork and serve.
I like this okay, but it probably won't be a regular at our house. The orange juice and raisins were kind of a strange combination with the onions. I look forward to using quinoa in other ways!

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