Quinoa, pronounced keen-wa, should be thoroughly rinsed prior to preparation to help remove any powdery residue that can remain following the removal of a protective substance called saponin (protects grain from insects and weather). Rinse in a fine strainer until water runs clear. Use two parts liquid to one part quinoa. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes or until grains are translucent and germ has spiralled out from each grain. All the water should have disappeared.
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 1⁄2 cups rinsed quinoa
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 3 cups water
- 1 tablespoon tamari soy sauce or 1 tablespoon regular low sodium soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary or 1⁄2 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 cup fresh peas (or frozen peas, thawed)
- 1⁄2 cup walnuts, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Heat oil in saucepan; add onion and quinoa. Sauté over medium heat, stirring constantly for about 3 minutes.
- Add pepper and sauté an additional 2 minutes.
- Add water, soy sauce, rosemary and peas. Bring to a boil and cover; simmer 15 minutes or until water is absorbed.
- Meanwhile, roast walnuts in oven for 3-5 minutes.
- When quinoa is cooked, turn off heat and mix in walnuts.
- Let sit an additional 10 minutes and serve.