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Quinoa chard pilaf

A few months ago, as a coworker of mine was telling me why he considered certain conventional foods disgusting (I’ll spare you the details), he mentioned his deep love for quinoa. I’d never heard of it, but the next time I was in the bulk food section at a local natural food store, I saw it was on sale. So that was enough to sell me. I picked up a bag and brought it home, but I never had a use for it until I ran across this recipe that combines quinoa and chard. Apparently this grain is high in protein, and it really puffs up when you cook it. So that’s to warn you that this recipe makes a lot of food, and that’s even after I cut it down. The original called for mushrooms, but since I don’t like ’em (much to my husband’s dismay), I took one reviewer’s advice and added a can of tomatoes instead, which worked nicely.

Quinoa Chard Pilaf (adapted from

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed
1/2 cup lentils
Can diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning
2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
2 cups swiss chard, stems removed and chopped roughly

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic, and saute 5 minutes, until onion is tender. Mix in quinoa, lentils, and tomatoes. Pour in the broth. Cover, and cook 20 minutes.
Remove the pot from heat. Gently mix chard into the pot. Cover, and allow to sit 5 minutes, or until chard is wilted.


June 19, 2008 at 11:31 pm Leave a comment

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