From Connie Guttersen's "Sonoma Diet," this is a very delicious, very healthy side dish with no saturated fat.
- 2 tablespoons shallots, finely chopped
- 6 garlic cloves, minced (1 tablespoon minced)
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cups quinoa (or barley)
- 3 cups sodium-free chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed)
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 cup roasted red pepper, diced
- kosher salt
- fresh ground black pepper
- In a large saucepan, cook shallots and garlic in hot oil over medium heat until tender.
- Carefully stir in quinoa or barley.
- Cook and stir about 5 minutes or until quinoa or barley is golden brown.
- Carefully stir in broth, thyme, and bay leaf and bring to boiling; reduce heat.
- Cover and simmer about 20 minutes or until quinoa is tender and fluffy (cook barley about 10 minutes or until tender and liquid is absorbed).
- Discard bay leaf.
- Gently stir in roasted peppers.
- Season to taste with kosher salt and black pepper.
This is about as simple as it gets. I used farmstand shallots and the first garlic of the season. I made quinoa, and used plain water instead of broth, because I made a vegetarian dinner. Delicious, and easy -- what's not to like about that? Thanks, Kate!
Very good recipe. I had to omit most of the garlic as I'm nursing a baby who doesn't care for it, but it was good. I added some roasted mushrooms but other than these two change left it alone. I used quinoa and made sure to toast it well. We took it to a friend's house to add to the dinner and it was loved by all, including children!
This did introduce me to using barley as a side rathter than rice. The instructions were clear and the texture of the finished product was great. However we felt it was a bit bland made as stated (our personal tastes I'm sure). I mixed with the ingredients for Cajun rice that I make and it is more to our spicier tastes now. Thank you for a starter for something new on our menu.