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Quinoa (KEEN-wah) is a high-protein grain that can be found in the grains or healthy foods section of most grocery stores. Hint: It can taste bitter if not thoroughly rinsed.
- Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add celery, onion, and garlic and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring often, or until softened, but not browned.
- Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Stir in the rinsed quinoa, bay leaf, salt and pepper, as desired. Reduce to a simmer and cover tightly; cook for 10 minutes. Add peas and carrots, cover again and cook another 5 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork, mixing the vegetables into the quinoa. Adjust the seasonings and remove the bay leaf before serving.