Festive & Savory Quinoa

Festive & Savory Quinoa

Why I like this recipe?  This recipes uses nutritional yeast – a nutritious way to a savory flavor to a dish.  Similar to taste as MSG but without the glutamate makes this a safe dish for people with allergies to MSG.  Or, for those of us who are avoiding MSG.   Nutritional yeast not only provides a savory flavor, it is packed full of B vitamins!I really like this Nutritional Yeast Product by NOW Foods:

Enjoy this dish as a side dish with your meal or enjoy this a Huevos Rancheros – typically served with 2 poached eggs.  

If you like Mexican flavors this dish truly hits the spot!

    • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil Other other healthy oil for sauteing.
    • 1 Small Onion diced
    • 4 Cloves Garlic minced
    • 2 Teaspoon Ground Cumin & Ground Coriander
    • 1 Teaspoon Ground Turmeric Smoked Paprika
    • 1-2 Teaspoons Penzeys SouthWest Seasoning
    • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cayenne optional
    • 3 Cups Chicken Stock & Vegetable Stock Use your own homemade or Organic broth of your choosing.
    • 1.5 Cups Quinoa Rinsed
    • 2 15 oz Black Beans Canned, Drained & Rinsed
    • 14 cup Nutritional Yeast 
    • 1 Each Lime Zested & Juiced
    • 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
    • 12 Bunch Cilantro – chopped Optional

1. In a large pot on medium, heat oil, Add onion and saute until soft, about 3 minutes.

2. Add bell pepper, garlic, cumin, coriander, turmeric, paprika, SouthWest Seasoning and cayenne (if using) and saute until the garlic and spices are fragrant, about 3 minutes.

3. Stir in 3 cups of stock (chicken or vegetable), Nutritional Yeast, beans and then add in the quinoa and bring to a simmer. Cover and allow quinoa to cook, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.

4 Stir in lime zest, juice and salt to taste. Heat through, about 2 minutes. Top with cilantro and hot sauce (if using).

Serve as a tasty side dish and makes a nice breakfast dish especially with 2 poached eggs.  Make on a Sunday and it is good through Thursday!  Enjoy!

Adapted from Clean Eating, September, 2016