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Quinoa with Tomato Pesto

Looking for a quick and easy recipe that will keep you on your healthy diet? Here's your answer: quinoa.

Some time ago, quinoa became a pantry staple in my home. Similar to brown rice, quinoa is a highly nutritious ingredient and a good source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. Produced in Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, and the United States, it's easy to find, quick to make, and can take on any flavor. It's also a little bit mystical: it's said that quinoa has been cultivated for more than 5,000 years and was considered a sacred food by the Incas.

For this dish, a delicious alternative to pasta, I mash up Dried Tomatoes with Fresh Herbs with roasted cashew nuts and fresh spices and toss it with warm, fluffy quinoa. Want a richer flavor? Replace plain water for vegetable broth or chicken stock when making the quinoa. It's prepared in minutes and transforms plain quinoa into a more sophisticated and interesting plate. 

Quinoa with Tomato Pesto

For the Quinoa

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water

For the Tomato Pesto Sauce

  • 2 cups cashew nuts
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil
  • 8 dried tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • fresh thyme, to taste
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

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