The first time I ate quinoa several years ago, I’ll admit I was NOT a fan. I had gotten the red quinoa which is very nutty and chewy. It took me years to even try it again. I finally did and I am so happy to have done so. It’s one of my absolute favorite sides. It’s hearty and filling, healthy and tasty. Better yet, I can reheat my leftovers in the morning and top them with an egg and splash of Cholula for an amazingly filling breakfast. My secret to great tasting quinoa is using broth to flavor the grain and create an amazing flavor. This is a great tip for any type of grain like rice or farro.
- 2 C beef broth (you can use vegetable or chicken broth as well)
- 2 Shallots, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 C uncooked white quinoa
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Once melted add in the shallot and cook for three to five minutes or until it begins to soften. Add in the garlic and cook for an additional minute. Add in the salt, pepper, and broth. Bring to a boil. Once boiling add in the quinoa. Turn the heat down to low and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and fluff with a fork. Serve warm.
Use this photo as inspiration for a filling breakfast!