Monday, March 5, 2007

red quinoa with tomato and onion saute

quinoa (keen-wa) is one of my favorite kitchen staples. although technically a seed, it functions like a grain and is a great way to add texture and boost the nutritional density of a dish. i used the inca red variety for this recipe. it has a nuttier taste and slightly crunchier texture than standard quinoa (think brown rice vs. white rice).

red quinoa with tomato and onion saute

2 cups grape tomatoes
1/2 medium sweet onion
olive oil
1 tbs red wine vinegar
salt & pepper to taste

1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
2 tbs greek feta vinaigrette

bring quinoa, water & vinaigrette to a boil and reduce to simmer. cook covered for about 17 minutes, or until water is gone and germ has begun to loosen from seed. half tomatoes and cut onion into slivers. saute tomatoes with onions in olive oil. add 2 tbs vinegar toward end of cooking time. serve tomatoes and onions over quinoa, making sure to pour juice from saute pan over dish.

here's the greek vinaigrette i'm referencing in the recipe:
it's so freakin' good. i'm eating it with everything these days. you can omit it if you'd like.

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