PointsPlus Quinoa Pilaf Recipe

PointsPlus Quinoa Pilaf Recipe
Staff Writer
PointsPlus Quinoa Pilaf Recipe

Here’s a side dish reminiscent of a fruity and nutty couscous pilaf with pistachios and raisins, only instead of the pasta, this recipe uses healthier and nutritious quinoa.

8
Servings
152
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/2  cup  quinoa, rinsed
  • 1  teaspoon  vegetable oil
  • small shallots, minced
  • medium-sized clove garlic, minced
  • 1/3  cup  raisins
  • 1/2  teaspoon  cinnamon
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  black pepper
  • 3  cups  chicken broth
  • 1/3  cup  salted dry-roasted pistachio nuts, chopped coarsely
  • 2  tablespoons  chopped cilantro, or to taste

Directions

Place the quinoa in a fine-mesh sieve. Hold under cold running water until the water runs clear and drain well. Heat the oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the shallot and garlic and cook until the shallot is transparent, stirring occasionally, about 3-4 minutes.

Add the quinoa and toast for 1 minute. Stir in the raisins, cinnamon, salt, and pepper. Pour in the broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer until the quinoa bursts its skin, is tender, and the liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes.

Remove from heat and set the quinoa aside, covered, for 5 minutes. Uncover and fluff the quinoa mixture with a fork. Repeat several times; quinoa becomes lighter as it cools. Just before serving, top with the pistachios and cilantro.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
7g
10%
Sugar
4g
4%
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Cholesterol
5mg
2%
Carbohydrate, by difference
17g
13%
Protein
6g
13%
Vitamin A, RAE
2µg
0%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
3µg
3%
Calcium, Ca
22mg
2%
Choline, total
11mg
3%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
11µg
3%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
19mg
6%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
72mg
10%
Selenium, Se
3µg
5%
Sodium, Na
370mg
25%
Water
68g
3%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Quinoa Shopping Tip

Stock up on quinoa and have it available for the days you are tired of rice or pasta. It's a great substitute for rice, beans, cereal, bulgar, or couscous.

Quinoa Cooking Tip

The general rule is to add one part quinoa to two parts liquid in a saucepan. One cup of quinoa will take about 15 minutes.