/ Other Side Dishes
quinoa, rinsed *well*
onion, finely minced or diced small (i used yellow and red onion)
garlic, peeled and minced
marinara sauce, or similar
salt-free or reduced sodium vegetable broth (replaces water)
dried greek oregano
salt and cracked black pepper, to taste
fresh basil ribbons, for garnish (fresh!)
How to Make Quinoa Italiano
1Use a fine mesh strainer and rinse the quinoa well. DO NOT skip this step!
2Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic; cook until softened approximately 1-2 minutes.
3Add 3/4 cup marinara sauce and the broth; bring to a boil. Stir in the quinoa and oregano and return to the boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until the liquid has evaporated.
4Remove saucepan from stove top. Stir in the remaining 1/4 cup marinara sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside to stand 5 minutes.
Fluff with a fork, garnish with basil ribbons and serve.
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Posted: Mon, Mar 30, 2015