Monday, October 14, 2013

mmmmm: herbed lemon quinoa




i love trying out new recipes involving quinoa. with quinoa, i feel like i am eating a starchy carb, like rice....but i am getting the added protein that is so much better for me and my family. this dish is light, lemony and refreshing. it makes for a great cold salad to bring to a potluck or simply to keep on hand at home for delish leftovers. enjoy!

herbed lemon quinoa

ingredients:

2 3/4 chicken stock
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups tri-colored quinoa

dressing:
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup chopped fresh thyme leaves
2 teaspoons lemon zest
kosher salt and ground black pepper, to taste

optional:
rotisserie chicken, cut into small, bite-sized pieces 

for the quinoa:
in a medium saucepan, add the chicken stock, lemon juice and quinoa. bring to a boil over medium-high heat. reduce the heat to a simmer, cover the pan and cook until all the liquid is absorbed, about 12-15 minutes.

for the dressing:
in a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, lemon juice, basil, parsley, thyme and lemon zest. season with salt and pepper, to taste.

pour the dressing over the quinoa (once you have let quinoa cool) and toss until all the ingredients are coated. transfer the quinoa to a bowl. if wanted, you can add small, bite-sized pieces of cooked chicken (i used a rotisserie chicken) season with salt and pepper, to taste, and serve.

serves 4.