Saffron Quinoa

Quinoa is an easy and healthy grain from South America. It cooks very similar to rice and makes a healthy alternative. It contains many of the amino acids your body needs to build and repair. It is a great grain for vegetarians! Serve this up with your next Latin inspired meal or as the base for your favorite taco filling. This is a basic recipe that lends itself to a variety of additions and variations.

Quinoa with Refried Beans

2 Cups Quinoa
4 Cups herb broth or veggie stock
2 tsp saffron
3 TB tomato paste

In a large stock pot, dry toast the quinoa over medium high heat, stirring constantly for about 3 minutes. You’ll hear the grains begin to pop. Whisk in broth, tomato paste, and saffron until fully incorporated. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes until quinoa is tender.

Dress it up with these great stir-in ideas:

*Garlic sauteed sweet corn kernels, seasoned canned tomatoes, onions, and diced green chiles

*Fresh green peas, parmesan cheese, and then topped with southwestern grilled salmon

*Crisp tender broccoli, marinated mushrooms, and cheddar

*Browned ground turkey and taco seasoning then fill a pablano chile and bake!

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