Saffron Quinoa

Saffron Quinoa

Saffron QuinoaQuinoa is the ancient Inca grain that is the most nutritious of all grains. Quinoa is high in fiber, gluten free, full of amino acids and iron with a delicious nutty flavor and an incredibly light consistency! My Saffron Quinoa is a side dish and a salad and goes with just about any entree. I served this dish recently with sautéed chicken thighs and chard and it was such a hit that there was nothing left! Saffron Quinoa is just a delicious, nutritious and versatile recipe enhanced with flavorful saffron and fresh organic vegetables and goes with everything! Enjoy!!

2 cups salted water
1 cup quinoa
Pinch of saffron threads
1 small red onion, chopped
1 bunch flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
1 small cucumber, chopped
12 grape tomatoes, cut in half
3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon zaatar
Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon

Bring the salted water to a boil
Add the quinoa and the saffron
Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer until all water is absorbed
Remove from heat, rest for 5 minutes the fluff with fork
In a large mixing bowl combine the quinoa with the chopped vegetables, olive oil and seasonings
Add the lemon zest and juice
Mix gently and transfer to a serving dish
Serve with chicken, pork or beef or serve as or with a vegetarian entree
So delicious, just enjoy!!