This pilaf is so pretty! I love it when dishes are full of color from different vegetables.
The original recipe I used called for golden beets, probably because the red beets bleed too much. But, either way, I think the dish still comes out beautiful.
I had never cooked quinoa before, but I have been hearing from all my health conscious friends how much better it is for you than rice or other types of grain.
The texture is a little bit tougher than rice, maybe even a little bit crunchy and the taste is a little nutty.
Spring Vegetable and Quinoa Pilaf
by Lora Zarubin
- 1 3/4 cups low-salt chicken broth
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt plus additional for seasoning
- 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained 3 times
- 6 baby golden beets, peeled, cut into 1/3-inch cubes
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup 1/2-inch pieces orange bell peppers
- 1 cup 1/2-inch pieces red bell peppers
- 1/2 pound asparagus, trimmed, cut on diagonal into 3/4-inch pieces
- 1 cup 1/2-inch pieces trimmed baby zucchini (about 6 ounces)
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 4 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley
Bring broth and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt to boil in medium saucepan; add quinoa. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until quinoa is tender and broth is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat; fluff with fork. Cover and reserve.
Meanwhile, bring 1 1/4 cups water to boil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add beets. Cover and cook until beets are tender, about 8 minutes. Uncover; cook until any water in skillet evaporates. Increase heat to medium-high. Add olive oil and garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Add all bell peppers, asparagus, and zucchini. Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper. Sauté until just tender, about 8 minutes. Add cooked quinoa, green onions, and parsley to vegetables in skillet; toss to combine. Season with sea salt and pepper.