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