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Simple Quinoa Pilaf Dish

Cooks in
20 Min
Meal Type
Main Dish

Simple Quinoa Pilaf Dish

Simple Quinoa Pilaf Dish

This complete protein and fantastic wheat-free alternative grain is amazing. Just like buckwheat, quinoa has an excellent amino acid profile. It contains all 9 essential amino acids which makes it a complete-protein source. Therefore Quinoa is an excellent choice for vegans or vegetarians who usually struggle to get enough protein in their diets. This recipe is simple, quick and colorful. You will certainly love it and include it in your busy work week lunch menu.

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  • 1 cup quinoa (rinsed with cold water)
  • 1/2 cup peas (frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon raisins
  • 1 tablespoon raw, unsalted cashews
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • A pinch of spicy red chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup water

Prep Instructions

  1. In a small to medium size pot heat up oil.
  2. Add garlic, nuts, raisins and spices. Mixing frequently cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add quinoa and mix thoroughly with all the ingredients. Cook on low heat mixing frequently for 2-3 minutes. Add salt to taste.
  4. Add the water into the pot filled with quinoa and rest of ingredients and mix well. When the mixture starts boiling, cook on low heat under lid for 10 minutes.
  5. After 10 minutes mix it and make sure nothing sticks to the bottom of the pot. Set aside and keep covered with a lid for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Remove cooked quinoa into a separate glass container to release the steam and let it cool down. Do not cover with a lid as it will be hot. If you cover it with a lid it will cook further and may result in overcooking the grain.
  7. Enjoy as a separate vegetarian dish or combine it with your preferred source of lean protein.

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Nutrition Facts & Tips


Quinoa is high in anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, which make it potentially beneficial for human health in the prevention and treatment of disease. Quinoa contains small amounts of the heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids and, in comparison to common cereal grasses has a higher content of monounsaturated fat.

As a complete protein, quinoa contains all 9 essential amino acids – including the elusive lysine and isoleucine acids, which most other grains lack. Naturally high in dietary fibre, quinoa is a slowly digested carbohydrate, making it a good low-GI option.

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Min. Sugar
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Complex Protein