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Replace your rice or pasta with this great grain known as quinoa. It cooks like rice but has a nutty flavor and goes perfect with caramelized mushrooms and steamed broccoli. A perfect side dish for any meal.
Begin by adding the dry quinoa to a bowl of water and let it soak there for about 10 minutes. Stir it around with your hand, then strain it, removing all of the water after 10 minutes.
To a pot, add the quinoa, stock, garlic, and salt and pepper. Cook this on medium-high heat until it simmers, then cover, reduce the heat and cook for about 30 minutes. Check around this time, stirring with a spoon. The water should have evaporated. Remove from the heat, remove the lid, and fluff with a spoon or fork.
While the quinoa is cooking, add the butter and oil to a skillet. Bring to a medium-high heat, then toss in the mushrooms. Stir. Season with a bit of salt and pepper. Cook for about 15 minutes or until the mushrooms begin to caramelize.
Steam the broccoli, then chop.
Once the quinoa is finished, add it to a mixing bowl. Toss in the caramelized mushrooms, and the broccoli. Stir, and taste. Season with any additional salt or pepper.
The great thing about this recipe is that it is low fat, packed with nice protein, and has awesome side dish written all over it. So if you are looking for something new to try and get away from pasta or rice, give quinoa a shot. I’m certain you will love it.
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