Quinoa Pilaf with Cherries and Pine Nuts

Quinoa Pilaf with Cherries and Pine Nuts

  • Prep Time Icon prep time: 5 mins 
  • Cook Time Icon cook time: 25 mins (plus 5 minutes standing)
  • Prep Time Icon prep time: 5 mins 
  • Cook Time Icon cook time: 25 mins (plus 5 minutes standing)

Quinoa Pilaf with Cherries and Pine Nuts

  • Prep : 5 mins
  • Cooking : 25 mins
  • Serves : 2

Ingredients

Serves 2
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup dried cherries
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup chopped onions
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Pinch of ground allspice or cinnamon, optional
  • 1 1/3 cups quinoa, rinsed until water runs clear
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup dried cherries
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup chopped onions
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Pinch of ground allspice or cinnamon, optional
  • 1 1/3 cups quinoa, rinsed until water runs clear
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme

Directions

Step 1.

Heat the broth in a microwaveable bowl until hot, 2 to 3 minutes on high. Add the cherries and let stand for a few minutes until plump. Pluck out the cherries and set aside; reserve the broth.

Step 2.

Toast the pine nuts in a medium saucepan over the medium heat until fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes, shaking the pan now and then. Remove to a bowl.new.

Step 3.

Add the onions to the pan and cook until soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and allspice, and cook 1 minute.

Step 4.

Add the reserved broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in the quinoa and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed, 10 to 12 minutes. Turn off the heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and combine with the cherries, pine nuts, and thyme. Season to taste with black pepper.

Tip: Befor using quinoa, be sure to rinse it until the water runs clear. Rinsing removes the bitter-tasting saponins from the surface of the grain.

Nutrition (Per Serving)

  • 358 calCalories
  • 13 gProtein
  • 64 gCarbohydrates
  • 6 gFat
  • 2 mgCholesterol
  • 50 mgSodium
  • 7 gDietary Fiber