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Meatless Monday - Curried Quinoa

Quinoa is one of those grains that has been around for a long time but that has just recently become known and popular in the states.  It is delicious and good, healthy grains are important to your diet.  If you have issues with gluten you should check the package as not all quinoa is gluten free.

Curried Quinoa with Green Beans and Cashews


Ingredients: 


  • 2 Tbs canola oil
  • 2 small onions, chop 1/2 of one finely, chop the rest coarsely
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 zucchini, diced
  • 1 cup carrot juice
  • 1 cup green beans, cut small
  • 1/4 cup scallions, thinly sliced, some green is okay
  • 1 cup cashews, roasted and coarsely chopped
  • 2 Tbs cilantro, chopped

Directions:

Boil 2 cups of water.  While the water is heating, heat 1 Tbs oil in s small pot, add the finely chopped onion and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes.  Stir in the quinoa, curry powder, and a dash of salt, cook for 2 minutes.  Add 2 cups of boiling water then reduce the heat.  Cook covered for 15 minutes.


While the quinoa is cooking, heat 1 Tbs oil in a 12 inch skillet.  Add the chopped onion and zucchini.  Cook stirring frequently over medium heat for 5 minutes.  Add 1/2 cup of water and the carrot juice.  Simmer, covered for 5 minutes, then add the green beans and scallions and cook for a few more minutes.  Stir the veggies and cashews into the quinoa.  Serve in soup bowls, garnish with cilantro.

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