Quinoa & Zucchini Pilaf

Tired of the same old rice or pasta side dishes? This quinoa and zucchini pilaf tastes like summer and, unlike most grains, quinoa is considered a complete protein as it contains all eight essential amino acids. Furthermore, it is high in fibre, a good source of protein, and very easy to digest. Try this pilaf warm with butter chicken, other curries, Walnut-Crusted Chicken, as a stuffing for vegetables, or serve it on its own at room temperature for lunch.

 

SERVINGS: 4 - 6

INGREDIENTS

🥒 1 cup quinoa

🥒 1½ cups water

🥒 2 Tbsp olive oil or coconut oil

🥒 ½ cup chopped walnuts

🥒 ¼ cup diced onions

🥒 2 medium zucchinis, grated (or spiralized)

🥒 2 Tbsp Holy Crap Apple Cinnamon or Natural Superseed Blend

🥒 ½ tsp salt

🥒 ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

 

DIRECTIONS

▶︎ In a saucepan, combine the quinoa and water and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to low and cook until all the water is absorbed, 12 to 15 minutes.

▶︎ Heat the oil in a skillet on medium heat. Add the walnuts and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, being careful not to burn them. Add the onions and cook for 1 to 2 minutes more. Stir in the zucchini, Natural or Apple Cinnamon Superseed Blend cereal, salt, and pepper, stirring just until the zucchini is wilted, about 1 minute. Do not overcook, or it will become mushy. Remove from the heat.

▶︎ Gently stir the cooked quinoa into the vegetable mixture until combined. Spoon into a serving dish and garnish with sprigs of parsley.