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Quinoa with Pan Fried Peppers and Tomatoes

Quinoa with Pan Fried Peppers and Tomatoes
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In this recipe I combined quinoa with pan fried peppers and tomatoes. As a result, a very tasty and healthy grain had been served for dinner. It could be a gorgeous side dish or a vegetarian meal. Adding some nuts (I think almonds or pistachios work best here) will make Quinoa with pan fried peppers and tomatoes even more nutritious. A variety of textures and tastes – crunchy, nutty, lemony, and juicy, makes this unique grain a great pleasure to enjoy.

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Quinoa with Pan Fried Peppers and Tomatoes

 

6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 medium clove of garlic
  • 1 bell pepper, cut into small cubes
  • 1 – 2 cups whole grape tomatoes, if larger tomatoes (campari), halved
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • ½ cup chopped parsley
  • ¼ cup or more olive oil (preferably extra virgin)
  • Juice of ¼ lemon (or more to taste) – optional
  • ½ cup chopped nuts (pistachios, almonds) – optional

 

Preparation

Rinse the quinoa in cold water if it says so on the package instructions.

In a medium heavy-bottomed pot mix the quinoa, a little salt and water.

Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cover tightly with a lid and gently simmer on lowest heat until the water is completely absorbed for 15-20 minutes.

Remove the lid; fluff the quinoa with a fork or a spoon. Optionally, add olive oil.

While quinoa cooks, prepare the vegetables.

In a deep pan heat the olive oil, add the onions, cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes.

Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.

Add the pepper and cook for 1-2 minutes.

Add the tomatoes, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Cook on a medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes until the vegetables become golden-brown on the edges. The tomatoes will burst – this is fine.

Add the parsley and cook for 1 minute.

Add the quinoa, lemon juice, if using and the good quality olive oil. Gently stir.

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