Garlic-Leek Quinoa

Quinoa is considered a superfood because of its nutritional value, but it's also an incredibly versatile base for just about any flavor profile. This warm quinoa dish features garlic and leek.

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  • Servings: 8

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  • 2 cups quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups water
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium leek, white and light-green parts only, washed well and cut crosswise into thin slices
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • Freshly ground black pepper

How to make this recipe

  1. In a medium pot over high heat, bring the quinoa, water and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt to a rolling boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer until the quinoa has fully absorbed the water, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.

  2. In a small sauce pan, melt the butter. Add the leeks and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, stirring occasionally for about 1 minute.

  3. Add the quinoa, and pour leek mixture into a large serving bowl. Salt and pepper to taste, and serve warm as a side dish or on its own.

Make Ahead

The quinoa can be made a day ahead and refrigerated, then rewarmed on the stove top with 1/4 cup of water.

Contributed By Photo © Emily Farris Published November 2013

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