Quinoa has a wonderful nutty flavor and crunchy texture and this ancient grain contains high-quality, complete protein and excellent essential amino acid balance. It’s a perfect alternative to rice or pasta in many recipes.
1 cup quinoa cooked in 2 cups of water
1/3 cup diced dried apricot
1/3 cup toasted almonds or pecans
2 tablespoons currants
2 scallions, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper
Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
1. Rinse quinoa until water runs clear, then drain off the water and transfer to a saucepan. Add 2 cups water and a teaspoon of salt and bring to a boil, then cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes, until all water is absorbed. Let the cooked quinoa rest for about 5 minutes in the covered pan, then uncover and fluff with a fork.
2. Place the cooked quinoa in a bowl and add all the remaining ingredients. Fold to combine then sprinkle with the fresh parsley garnish. Serve hot or at room temperature.