Quinoa is an ancient grain from South America, often called a “superfood” because of its high content of protein, fiber, iron, and amino acids. It can be used almost as a rice substitute. It does not contain gluten, it has a slightly nutty taste and a slightly chewy texture. It’s packed with nutrients and minerals, combined with coconut oil which is good for your heart health is an amazing combination. This recipe is excellent comfort food for the cold climate: it is creamy, rich and hearty.
If you want to try this recipe, here’s how to prepare it.
Creamy Parmesan Quinoa with Coconut Oil
2 tablespoons white wine
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 small stalk celery, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced1 small onion, chopped
2 cups rinsed quinoa
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
3 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
salt to taste
- Preheat the oven to 200 °C (400 °F). Adjust the oven rack to its topmost position. Lightly oil a baking sheet.
- Toss the diced tomatoes with the wine and spread them on a baking sheet. Roast in preheated oven until tomatoes are a little dry, but have not begun to burn, about 15 minutes. When the tomatoes begin to brown, remove them and let them sit at room temperature.
- Meanwhile, melt the coconut oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, onion and celery. Cook and stir until onion has softened and becomes translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Pour vegetable broth and quinoa and bring to a boil over high heat.
- Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until quinoa is tender and liquid is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Add parmesan cheese, evaporated milk, peas and tomatoes. Season with salt and white pepper.
If your quinoa does not say “pre-rinsed” in the package, pour the quinoa into a large bowl and cover with water. Stir and allow it to soak while you prepare the other ingredients. This step is very important because the quinoa contains saponins, which can give a bitter or soapy taste if they are not cleaned well. Drain before use.