This Quinoa Bell Pepper Pilaf is a simple side dish that has toasted quinoa, sweet peppers and garlic. It can be served hot, cold or room temperature!
Protein-packed quinoa is toasted, then cooked until tender with sweet peppers and garlic for a hearty side dish. You can serve this wholesome grain dish hot, at room temperature or even chilled- perfect for any season! Until this recipe, I never liked quinoa. In fact, I gave all of my quinoa stash to my mom. Now, I found a recipe that I love and my family loves. I can't believe it!
My favorite time of the year to cook is in the summer. Everything is so fresh and delicious. Meals on the grill are so easy. Produce is at its best. Fresh summer peaches, corn on the cob, homegrown tomatoes and perfectly ripe strawberries are just a few of my favorites.
What is fun about the summer is that there is always so much to do. Lots of cookouts, picnics, potlucks, etc. I have gotten to be known for my Texas Caviar also known as black bean salad and it is often requested that I make that for a party. I always struggle a bit when thinking about what to bring for a party.
I want to bring something that pleases the crowd, tastes great, holds up during traveling to the party and probably sitting out for awhile. I recently brought a feta, tomato and cucumber salad to a party with a homemade vinaigrette that was a hit.
I tried this quinoa bell pepper pilaf which is simple, nutritious and delicious. It is good hot or cold so you could serve it in the fall or winter with roasted chicken and broccoli or in the summer as a cold salad along with your favorite barbecue dishes.
For this recipe, I used truRoots Quinoa which is a new-to-me product. It is USDA organic and features mostly sprouted grains. It turned out well! I also used Swanson Chicken Broth which I picked up from Sam's Club to give the recipe a little more flavor than using just water. Yes, I am now a Sam's Club member. Every time I go, I want everything that I see there- they have so many awesome things. For a little extra flavor, I love to top this dish with Pace Organic Medium Salsa from Sam's Club. This is my favorite brand of salsa!
Quinoa Bell Pepper Pilaf
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 shallot, minced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
- 1 medium yellow bell pepper, diced
- 1 cup truRoots Organic quinoa, rinsed
- 2 cups Swanson® Chicken Broth
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1. Heat the oil in a 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the shallot and garlic and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the peppers and quinoa and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2 . Stir in the broth and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 20 minutes or until the quinoa is tender and the liquid is absorbed. Stir in the parsley. Season, if desired.
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