Apricot Cilantro Quinoa Pilaf

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon  olive oil
  •   shallot, chopped
  • 1 Cup  quinoa
  • 2 Cups  low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 1/4 Cup  dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/4 Cup  pumpkin seeds or pepitas, toasted
  • 2 Tablespoons  chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
  •    Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  •    Lemon juice, to taste

Dried apricots sprinkle this quinoa pilaf with chewy, sweet fruit flavors which balance crunchy, toasted pumpkin seeds. Cilantro and lemon juice brighten this hearty, healthy grain salad. This recipe comes to us from Jen Brody of Domestic Divas.

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Directions

Heat the olive oil in a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Add the shallot and sauté until softened, about 3-5 minutes.

Rinse the quinoa in a colander under cold water for 2 minutes. Add the quinoa, stock, and apricots to the pot. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for about 10-15 minutes or according to package directions.

When the quinoa is cooked through, remove the pot from the heat and fold in the pumpkin seeds and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Finish with lemon juice, to taste. Garnish with some extra cilantro and enjoy.

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