Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a super-grain packing in nearly 18% protein! An outstanding food for vegans and vegetarians, it also boasts 9 amino acids. Quinoa is also low in fat and calories. It also packs in vitamins that serve to cure migraines, control dibetes, and lower the chance of heart disease.
Grains are a crucial member to most recipes and must be monitored for health quality. White rice not being a whole grain has a harder time releasing glucose. Wild Rice also offers boosts in Vitamin B6, K, & E. It also has more iron, protein, and fiber. Wild rice has fewer calories than white rice. Try to avoid using any instant rice products. They don’t taste as good and are not has healthy. Go figure…;-)
Let us now take a look at the ingredients for our Wild Rice-Quinoa Pilaf!! *note process is quicker if wild rice is cooked before hand.
- 1 tbsp canola oil
- 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
- 1/3 cup finely chopped celery
- 1/4 cup pistachio nuts or almonds, chopped
- 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
- 3 cups defatted chicken stock or vegetable broth, preferably low-sodium
- 1 cup cooked wild rice
- Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- pour oil in saucepan over med. heat
- add onion and celery to saute for 5-6 min. til softening begins
- stir in the nuts and quinoa, cook for 1-2 min
- add chicken broth and bring to boil
- reduce to low heat, cover, and simmer for 18-20min
- stir in the wild rice, cover and continue cooking for 2-3min or until hot.
- add salt and pepper if desired