Minted quinoa with crunchy pine nuts recipe

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Quinoa is the perfect grain for those with an active lifestyle, but even those who are more sedentary can benefit from its energy-boosting qualities. It’s nutritious, high in protein, and quick cooking, with an appealing nutty flavor. Quinoa needs to be rinsed very well to remove the oily saponin that coats the grain, or it will have an unpleasant, bitter flavor.

  • Yield: 3 to 4 Servings


  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed very well
  • 1 cup tiny cauliflower florets
  • 2 cups spring or filtered water
  • Dash organic soy sauce
  • ½ cup pine nuts, pan toasted until golden brown
  • 2 to 3 fresh scallions, thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • Small handful fresh mint, minced
How to Make It
  1. Combine the quinoa, cauliflower, and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then season with a splash of soy sauce, cover, and reduce the heat to low.
  2. Simmer until all the liquid has been absorbed and the quinoa has opened up, about 17 minutes.
  3. Gently fold in the pine nuts, scallions, and mint, then transfer to a serving bowl and serve immediately.

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