Use quinoa as you would use rice as it is done in this pilaf recipe. Quinoa is considered a super food because it is a protein rich seed that contains all the essential amino-acids. It is also a good source of iron and other minerals.
- Put olive oil in large skillet over medium heat; add onion, celery, carrot, green pepper, and red pepper, and cook, stirring until vegetables start to soften, but are still somewhat crisp.
- Stir in garlic and oregano and heat for 1 minute.
- Remove skillet from heat and stir in the quinoa, mixing well; add salt and pepper to taste.
- Toss in roasted almonds, garnish with chopped herbs, and serve warm, either as a side dish or light main dish.
To roast almonds, put them in a dry skillet over medium heat and toss until lightly browned. Alternatively, spread almonds on a microwave resistant plate and microwave on high for 30 seconds; repeat, if necessary, for 20-30 seconds until lightly browned.
You can also use a mix of red and white quinoa to add color and interest to this recipe.