Quinoa pilaf with pine nuts

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

Quinoa doesn't get the attention it deserves. This is a delicious, protein-packed dish.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spread nuts in a single layer on an unoiled baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 3-5 minutes, or until slightly deepened in color.
  4. Set aside.
  5. In a heavy saucepan, saute onions and garlic in oil until softened.
  6. Add bell pepper, cumin and coriander; continue to saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. While vegetables cook, place quinoa in a fine sieve and rinse well under cold running water for 1-2 minutes.
  8. Add rinsed quinoa and water to saucepan, cover tightly and simmer gently for 15 minutes.
  9. Stir in basil and corn, and cook 5-10 minutes longer, or until quinoa is tender.
  10. Stir to fluff it, add salt and pepper to taste and top with toasted pine nuts.
Most Helpful

This came out pretty good, though a bit dry. The garlic was not overpowering. I think next time I will dress it up with a bit of parmesan.

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