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Quinoa Delight

What you need: 

1 cup red quinoa
2 cups water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, chopped (I prefer yellow onion)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/3 cup vegetable stock
1 cup frozen corn
1 1/2 cups frozen green beans

What you do: 

1. Add quinoa to 2 cups boiling water. Reduce heat to medium low, cover, and simmer about 15 minutes. Set aside.
2. Heat olive oil in pan. Add onion and cook several minutes until just tender. Add garlic and cook for another minute or so. Add the salt, pepper, basil, and parsley. Let simmer together for several minutes.
3. Add the vegetable stock, frozen corn, and frozen green beans. Stir together and let simmer about 5-7 minutes on medium heat (until green beans are thawed through).
4. Remove from heat and mix in quinoa.
This makes a wonderful side dish. Enjoy!While the quinoa is cooking, I prepare the rest of dish so I can mix in the quinoa as soon as it's done. That way the entire dish is nice and hot when you serve.
Source of recipe: Just messin' around in the kitchen and came up with this quick, scrumptious side dish that the whole family loves!

Preparation Time: 
10 minutes, Cooking time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 
15 minutes
Servings: 
8 to 10
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

It cracks me up when people are like- I didn't have this so I put this and I added more this and left that out.....but alas...:-). I didn't have corn so I put some mushrooms. I was out of parsley, i just added more basil. Just made this today, it was very good! Quick and Easy. I'm always doing something like this with rice so its good to know it works with Quinoa and it cooks faster

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"Delight" is right! I'm so glad I found this recipe. My kiddos aren't fond of plain quinoa, but they loved this. (score!) I also think it's awesome. I will make this quite often.

I didn't have red, so I just used regular. I also added mushrooms to mine. No frozen green beans, so I had to use fresh. I will use frozen if I need to shave off more time.

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I am not sure of the exact difference between regular and red quinoa.  To me, the red quinoa is a little heartier.  I almost always have red quinoa around, that's why I used it, but I'm sure using regular would work great too.  Let me know!

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what is the difference of the red  and the regular? Would it work to use the regular in this? Thanks!

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I made this recipe as something 'different' for my family for dinner.  We had had the regular Quinoa before but not the red.  My husband ate it and my 2 & 4 year old did pretty good at eating as well.  i actually really liked it.  this recipe was enough for leftovers and it was even better (i thought) the second day.  It seemed like all the flavors had a chance to marinate and i loved it!
I will definitly make it again but i will probably half the recipe.

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Just to clarify as I was a bit vague in my last post, I used about one tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, although it certainly is not a necessity.  Also, I was thinking, this is not only a healthy, delicious, non-time-consuming recipe, but also an economical one at that.  New favorite!  :)

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Awesome recipe!  I added some vinegar and extra salt.  Amazing!

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