Quinoa Pilaf With Cardamom and Sage

"This pilaf is hearty and high in protein, and tastes great as a cold quinoa salad the next day."
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  • Heat olive oil in 1-quart saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Add onions, and sauté until they begin to brown.
  • Lower heat to medium and add garlic and carrots.
  • Sauté for 1-2 minutes, then add quinoa, pepper, cardamom and sage.
  • Stir constantly for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add chicken or vegetable stock and salt, and bring to a boil.
  • Cover and simmer on low heat for 15 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender.
  • Gently stir in raisins, cover and allow to sit for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add lightly toasted pine nuts, fluff with a fork, and serve.

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  1. glitteryfrosting
    Made as recipe stated. Was too salty, would advise to cut salt down, or leave out completely. Would advise to add about 1/4 more quinoa. Would adjust the spices next time. Preferred it warm rather than cold.
  2. Happy Harry 2
    Just finished making this and am eating it as I type. YUMMY! Plan to serve it in tomatoes for lunch for a friend so I wanted it to have time for flavors to meld. Boy!, if it's any tastier than it is warm, I might faint! lol! Two small changes: I used toasted quinoa as I find the taste is enhanced, and I smashed some roasted almonds to use instead of pine nuts. This is sure worth making over and over again....and as you can tell from my own recipes, I have a "thing" for quinoa!
  3. elove5683
    Excellent--taste and presentation. Both for veggies and others too. Have made it several times already and will keep making it
  4. Khakikey
    This dish is absolutely gorgeous. So easy to prepare and so yummy. I'm new to cooking and I use this recipe over and over again. Everybody loves it. The flavors are just incredible, it's kind of like a paella. I really enjoy eating it. I also use veg broth to make it vegan. Thank you for posting it.
  5. Chocoholic 2
    Yum! I used vegetable broth because I'm vegan. So good. My whole family loved it. Great hot or cold.


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