PointsPlus Quinoa Pilaf Recipe

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PointsPlus Quinoa Pilaf Recipe
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.

Ready in
37 m
8
Servings
132
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2 small shallots, minced
  • 1 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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
5g
7%
Sugar
6g
N/A
Saturated Fat
0.7g
3.5%
Cholesterol
3mg
1%
Protein
5g
11%
Carbs
18g
6%
Vitamin A
5µg
1%
Vitamin B6
0.2mg
12.3%
Vitamin C
2mg
3%
Vitamin E
0.6mg
2.8%
Vitamin K
3µg
4%
Calcium
23mg
2%
Fiber
2g
8%
Folate (food)
31µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
31µg
8%
Iron
1mg
6%
Magnesium
35mg
9%
Monounsaturated
2g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
2mg
9%
Phosphorus
111mg
16%
Polyunsaturated
1g
N/A
Potassium
293mg
8%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.1mg
7.6%
Sodium
277mg
12%
Thiamin (B1)
0.1mg
8.5%
Zinc
0.6mg
4.2%