Monday, March 8, 2010

Creamy Quinoa Primavera

This is a great side dish.  Whole grain, vegetables, and just enough cheese to make it creamy and delicious.
My kids (especially Lincoln) enjoyed it as well...

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Creamy Quinoa Primavera
1 c. uncooked quinoa
1 1/2 c. chicken broth
2 oz. cream cheese
1 Tbsp. fresh OR 1 tsp. dried basil
2 tsp. butter
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 cups thinly sliced or bite sized assorted veggies
2 Tbsp. grated Romano OR Parmesan

Rinse quinoa thoroughly and drain.
Heat quinoa and broth to boiling.  Cover and reduce heat to low.
Simmer 15-20 minutes, until all broth is absorbed.

Stir in cream cheese and basil.
Cover and remove from heat.

Meanwhile, melt butter in skillet.
Cook garlic until golden.
Stir in veggies and cook for 2 minutes, until crisp tender.
Toss veggies with quinoa.
Add Romano or Parmesan.

Serve immediately.

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