March 21, 2011

Gluten Free: Quinoa Pilaf

Yes, my adventures in the world of gluten free continue...  Oh wait I never told you the whole story?  Here is the quick catch up.  (Click on "Read More" if you would like the recipe without the gory details)

A few months ago I was experiencing some unbecoming side effects (excruciating and immobilizing abdominal pain, constipation and diarrhea to name a few).  I went to the doctor and was tested for Celiac but all the results came back negative.  Because of the high rate of false negatives I should be retested at some point.  We'll see if I do that (I hate spending $$$ on medical bills).  Although the results were negative I went on an elimination diet, completely eliminating gluten from my diet.  Despite a few slip ups (ie chocolate cake and girl scout cookies) things have been fantastic!  My road to gluten free continues and I plan on sharing a few favorite recipes along the way.

1 TB Olive Oil
1 Handful chopped onion ~ 1/2 cup
1 Handful chopped carrots ~ 1/2 cup
1 Cup Quinoa
2 Cups Chicken Broth or broth of your choice (Not all are gluten free)
1 Handful chopped almonds ~ 1/2 cup
1 TB dried Parsley (Preferably fresh if you have it around

In a pot with a tight fitting lid heat olive oil and add chopped onion.  Cook until onion is translucent.  Add chopped carrots.  Cook until slightly tender.  Stir in quinoa and broth.  Bring to a boil.  Cover with lid, lower heat to simmer and cook for 15 mintues or until quinoa is cooked and fluffy.  Stir in almonds and parsley.  Enjoy.
Cook onions and carrots in olive oil.
chop almonds while you wait
Add quinoa and broth.  Bring to a boil.  Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
Stir in almonds and parsley
A note about my cooking style:  I follow recipes to the T the first few times but prefer to cook loosely when comfortable with the ingredients.  Hence the "handful" instead of measuring.  Use what you have.  If that means there is a little less or a little more carrots so be it.  That also means feel free to make substitutions ie use a different nut, or spice instead of almonds and parsley.  Have fun!

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