Simple Quinoa, Cumin & French Bean Pilaf

After posting a photograph of this yummy weeknight dinner dish on Instagram final week, it appeared it was time for an additional quinoa recipe to pop up right here because it has been fairly a protracted whereas. In reality, we don’t eat a large quantity of quinoa in our home (for causes you’ll learn beneath), however each once in a while I really like throwing collectively a simple meal of excessive protein plant energy with this superb grain.

The final time I posted this well-liked coconut quinoa breakfast bowl, I additionally shared (IMO) an enlightening article that I had learn just a few years again from the New York Instances – about how the rise within the international demand for quinoa was affecting the diets of Bolivians, the place this superfood (and historic grain) originates. Then not too long ago, it appeared the web exploded with this text by the Guardian, as soon as once more bringing consciousness to the results of our infatuation with quinoa and the way it was affecting the folks of its homeland. This text took an fascinating twist by particularly highlighting vegans as considered one of quinoa’s foremost customers, suggesting that the rise in veganism has additionally performed a big half in its large reputation.

Should you (like me) are delicate to a lot of these tales, I’d prefer to share with you and strongly encourage you to take heed to this interview that aired on CBC Radio right here in Canada shortly after the Guardian article was printed. I personally discovered it to be fascinating, as issues aren’t all the time simply what they appear, and never all the pieces finds its method into the media with evident readability. Trace: wait till you could have 20 minutes to take heed to the interview whereas pinning away on Pinterest 🙂 For now, my stance on the problem is identical because it has all the time been: I’ll proceed to eat & serve quinoa as I all the time have in our home – sparingly, with as a lot pleasure & gratitude as I can muster, and with out losing any. We aren’t actually entitled to something we eat in any case, and I simply determine if we strike a stability, there would possibly simply be sufficient for everybody concerned to profit. I’d like to know your ideas on this matter in case you do get an opportunity to pay attention.
Simple Quinoa, Cumin & French Bean Pilaf:

(1) cup quinoa
(1.75) cups water
(1)# french inexperienced beans or recent inexperienced or yellow beans
(1) cup cooked chickpeas
(1) cup toasted almond slivers
(1) tbsp cumin seeds
(2) tbsp olive oil
(1-1.5) tsp salt
(1/3) cup thinly sliced purple onions, minimize vertically
Halves of cherry tomatoes & feta for topping (elective)

Begin by combining the quinoa and chilly water in a medium saucepan and bringing to a boil on excessive. As soon as boiling, maintain lined and switch the warmth to low. Cook dinner the quinoa with the lid on for 20-25 minutes. When completed, fluff with a fork to let some steam escape and put aside. Whereas the quinoa cooks, wash and trim the French or inexperienced beans and put as much as boil in a pan with sufficient chilly water to cowl. Carry the water to a boil and simmer till the beans are simply tender, about 4 minutes. Drain and rinse with chilly water earlier than submerging into an ice tub (a bowl of chilly water with ice cubes in it). Hold the beans in there when you put together the remaining substances.

Toast the almonds within the oven on a flat baking sheet at 350 levels for five minutes or so and take away to chill. Put together the cooked chickpeas (assuming you’re utilizing canned) & slice the purple onions. These steps can all be carried out upfront and the subsequent steps must be carried out instantly earlier than getting ready, and it goes by quick. To rapidly cook dinner the pilaf, warmth the olive oil in a big deep skillet or wok for one minute over medium-high warmth. Add the entire cumin seeds and cook dinner, stirring for one minute, and simply because the seeds have gotten aromatic. Add the quinoa, beans & salt (including extra to style if desired) and gently warmth and stir till properly combined and heat, about 3-4 minutes. Toss within the almonds and purple onions slices and serve without delay.

Elective add-ons might be cherry tomato halves, feta, chopped parsley or cilantro or the entire above. This dish makes a splendid multi function meal or an add-on to a heavier foremost course. It goes nice with absolutely anything and the leftovers are implausible dressed up as a chilly weekday salad. Additionally, in case you like this dish, you may also need to try this quinoa salad – it’s considered one of my favorite summer time salads palms down and shares a few of my favorite flavours together with this dish (I can’t assist it I really like cumin seeds).

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