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Quinoa Pilaf

 Quinoa Pilaf
I created this recipe after tasting quinoa at a local restaurant. I really enjoy rice pilaf, but I don’t usually have time to make it. This quick-cooking side is a tasty alternative. –Sonya Fox of Peyton, Colorado
4 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed


  • In a small nonstick saucepan coated with cooking spray, cook onion
  • and carrot in oil for 2-3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add garlic;
  • cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, water and salt; bring to a
  • boil.
  • Add quinoa. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until
  • liquid is absorbed. Remove from the heat. Fluff with a fork. Yield:
  • 4 servings.
Editor's Note: If using vegetable broth, omit the salt.
Nutritional Facts: 3/4 cup equals 198 calories, 4 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 434 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 8 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.