Sunday, June 19, 2011

Quinoa with Walnuts, Mushrooms and Raisins

Happy Father's Day to all the fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers and fathers-to-be out there!  I've been blessed with not one, but two wonderful dads, so I'm dedicating this recipe to Doug and Michael.  I love you!

Quinoa with Walnuts, Mushrooms and Raisins (print-friendly option)
I'm all about using what you have in your kitchen when it comes to recipes, so substituting is fine! Walnuts can easily be traded in for another nut or for toasted sunflower seeds if you can't do nuts. The mushroom broth can be replaced with any kind of broth you have on hand. If you don't have dried porcini mushrooms, use fresh mushrooms and skip the soaking step. No raisins on hand? Try dicing an apple and adding it in step two. Experiment with different types of herbs to see which is your favorite. I like parsley because it adds nice flavor here without overpowering the dish.

1/4 cup dried porcini mushrooms
1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
2 cups mushroom broth
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup fresh parsley, coarsely chopped

  1. Soak dried mushrooms in warm water for a minute, until they're soft enough to chop. Drain off the water and dice the mushrooms. 
  2. Add mushrooms, quinoa, and broth to a pot and bring to a gentle boil. Boil for 10 minutes and then add the raisins, stirring them in. Boil another 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Taste the quinoa to make sure it is cooked through (if not, add a few tablespoons more broth and continue cooking until it is ready). 
  3. Turn heat off. Cover with lid and let sit for 5 minutes. 
  4. Stir in walnuts and parsley. Can be served warm or cold.
Serves 4 as a side dish

This post is linked to Go Ahead Honey, It's Gluten-Free (Father's Day Recipes) at Living Free and Wellness Weekends at Diet, Dessert and Dogs.


mc5000 said...

first of all, I am the one that is blessed.
second, great photo! I can almost taste it!
third, I'll expect you to make that dish next time I see you.
love, Dad

Iris said...

Come visit, Dad! I'll happily cook for you!

gfe--gluten free easily said...

Oh yum, Iris. Comfort food I'd say! Love the dad exchange in comments, too. :-)


withoutadornment said...

This looks really good! For some reason, I think this would be really good if you added celery and apples so it's almost like a quinoa waldorf salad.

Tasty Eats At Home said...

This sounds yummy! I love quinoa salads, and I especially love raisins in savory dishes.


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