This easy vegan recipe is a real treat – and healthy too! It’s easy to prepare and makes a great side dish for Thanksgiving. Besides the great taste, quinoa is a complete protein. (It contains all nine of the essential amino acids). Quinoa makes it easy to have a delicious and healthy vegan protein source!
1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
1 cup quinoa (prewashed or rinsed)
2 cups vegetable broth
1 chopped red or yellow pepper
½ cup chopped onion
½ cup slivered almonds or chopped walnuts
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook for about 5 minutes, until translucent.
2. Add vegetables and cook the mixture an additional 3 minutes.
3. Add quinoa and broth to the saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil. Cover the pan and reduce heat to simmer. Cook 15 to 20 minutes until the quinoa is soft and fluffy. (When it is fully cooked, the quinoa will expand to look like mini-spirals).
4. Add the cooked quinoa mixture to a bowl with the nuts and parsley. Mix well. Serve hot, at room temperature, or cold.
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