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    Toasted Quinoa (Or Barley) Pilaf

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    40 mins

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    20 mins

    Chef Kate's Note:

    From Connie Guttersen's "Sonoma Diet," this is a very delicious, very healthy side dish with no saturated fat.

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    1. 1
      In a large saucepan, cook shallots and garlic in hot oil over medium heat until tender.
    2. 2
      Carefully stir in quinoa or barley.
    3. 3
      Cook and stir about 5 minutes or until quinoa or barley is golden brown.
    4. 4
      Carefully stir in broth, thyme, and bay leaf and bring to boiling; reduce heat.
    5. 5
      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).
    6. 6
      Discard bay leaf.
    7. 7
      Gently stir in roasted peppers.
    8. 8
      Season to taste with kosher salt and black pepper.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 28, 2008


      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!

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    • on March 28, 2006


      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!

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    • on January 23, 2006


      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.

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    Nutritional Facts for Toasted Quinoa (Or Barley) Pilaf

    Serving Size: 1 (44 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 119.8
    Calories from Fat 26
    Total Fat 2.8 g
    Saturated Fat 0.3 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 161.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 19.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.1 g
    Sugars 0.0 g
    Protein 4.2 g

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    sodium-free chicken broth

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