Garlicky Quinoa with Toasted Pine Nuts, Chives, and Parsley

I wanted a healthy and delicious side dish to pair with the chicken and asparagus I was serving for dinner. I found some quinoa, shallot, and garlic in the pantry along with some chicken broth. I also found some chives, parsley, and toasted pine nuts in the refrigerator. I loved the fresh flavor the herbs gave to this side dish and the salty crunchy pine nuts added great texture and taste. We all, kids included, loved this quinoa and gobbled it all up.

Heat the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallot then cook, stirring often for 2 minutes. Add the quinoa and minced garlic then cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Add the chicken broth then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; bring to a boil. Cover with a lid then reduce heat to low; simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat then let sit covered for 5 minutes.

Remove the lid then fluff with a fork; add the pine nuts, parsley, and chives then toss to mix evenly. Taste and re-season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Serve immediately. Enjoy.


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Garlicky Quinoa with Toasted Pine Nuts, Chives, and Parsley

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 20 min.

Total Time: 25 min.

Ingredients:

2 tsp olive oil
1 shallot, finely diced
1/2 cup of quinoa
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup of chicken broth
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1/4 cup of toasted pine nuts
2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 tbsp fresh chives, snipped

Directions:

Heat the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallot then cook, stirring often for 2 minutes. Add the quinoa and minced garlic then cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Add the chicken broth then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; bring to a boil. Cover with a lid then reduce heat to low; simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat then let sit covered for 5 minutes.

Remove the lid then fluff with a fork; add the pine nuts, parsley, and chives then toss to mix evenly. Taste and re-season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

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16 Responses to “Garlicky Quinoa with Toasted Pine Nuts, Chives, and Parsley”

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — June 23, 2013 @ 10:52 pm

    Love the simplicity of this dish and it’s healthy too. Delish!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 24, 2013 @ 12:34 am

    What a fun, easy side dish!

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    Jenn — June 24, 2013 @ 5:24 am

    I still have yet to make quinoa! I have had it a couple of times, but never actually cooked with it… must change that soon!

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    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet — June 24, 2013 @ 6:02 am

    Quinoa is my favorite go to side dish unfortunately my family does not agree! This looks delicious!

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    La fille au foulard — June 24, 2013 @ 7:27 am

    seems to be healthy and easy to make..

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    Carmen Rosa — June 24, 2013 @ 8:14 am

    This is a great recipe and looks so fresh, healhthy and easy!

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    Joanne — June 24, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    I love finding new uses for quinoa! Love that there are chives in here..it’s one of my favorite herbs!

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    jennifurla — June 24, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

    Yum and tum, anything with pine nuts is superb

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    Jovina Coughlin — June 24, 2013 @ 3:12 pm

    So many dishes can be created with quinoa – who would have thought it possible.

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — June 24, 2013 @ 3:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing this easy and flavorful quinoa dish, Pam! I’ve actually never cooked with it and need to get on that! I think I’ll start with this.

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    Amy (Savory Moments) — June 24, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

    Love this garlicky quinoa. Anything garlicky is a win for me!

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    Blond Duck — June 24, 2013 @ 7:49 pm

    Man, I was going to make quinoa tonight too!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — June 25, 2013 @ 12:48 am

    A simple yet very nutritious side dish, Pam.

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    Caroline Taylor — June 25, 2013 @ 5:15 am

    I’ve only tried quinoa a few times but I really like the sound of this.

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    grace — June 26, 2013 @ 2:58 pm

    what a lovely way to prepare quinoa! pine nuts are truly underrated.

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    Susan — July 12, 2013 @ 2:23 pm

    Wonderful!!

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