Zesty Quinoa Pilaf

    50 minutes

    Everyone is getting into quinoa these days so here's my recipe for a lovely pilaf with celery, carrot and lemon zest.

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    Serves: 3 

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1/2 onion, chopped
    • 1 stalk celery, chopped
    • 2 carrots, diced
    • 90g quinoa
    • 1 cup hot water
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 90g frozen peas, thawed
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, celery and carrots and cook and stir for 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
    2. Using a sieve, rinse quinoa under cold water. Drain well. Add to the vegetables and cook and stir for 1 minute. Add water, bay leaf and lemon rind and juice, bring to the boil. Cover, and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender.
    3. Discard bay leaf. Stir in peas, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve.

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    This recipe was very very good. I recommend lots of onions, carrots, celery, and peas. Use a large dice for the onions, carrots, and celery. I used chicken broth instead of water and it was absolutely delicious. It was extremely quick and easy as well. This recipe is great for you and it tastes good too!!!  -  16 Dec 2000  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Substitued veg. broth for the water- used edamame (vegetable soybeans) instead of peas, bell pepper instead of celery. Came out pretty tasty. Definitly packed with protein due to quinoa and edamame!  -  03 Dec 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This recipe was alright, but wound up being somewhat disappointing. The end result was kind of sweet tasting and all of the vegetables were very mushy. I will look for a different recipe using quinoa.  -  25 Feb 2001  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)