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Sunday, June 14, 2015


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My husband isn't crazy about quinoa.  I often cook it half-and-half with bulgur wheat because he likes it better that way.  But last night I made a recipe that I had devised back in 2008 for my old newsletter.  It seemed like the perfect dish to accompany cutlets from my book "World Vegan Feast", topped with my low-fat vegan version of the Peruvian Salsa de Mani-- a creamy peanut sauce spiced up with aji amarillo (a Peruvian yellow chile pepper). He loved it-- success!

I hope you'll enjoy this pilaf as much as we did.

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Serves 6-8

1 1/2 Tbs olive oil
1 cup diced zucchini, yellow pattypan squash, peeled winter squash OR peeled orange sweet potato
1 cup chopped leeks (both green and white parts)
1/2 large onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 1/2 cups quinoa
2 1/2 cups vegan "chicken" style broth
1 cup frozen baby peas, thawed and drained
1 cup frozen or fresh corn kernels, thawd and drained
3 Tbs vegan soy parmesan (I use Go Veggie!)
freshly-ground black pepper to taste

In a nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the squash (or sweet potato), leeks, onion and celery and sauté until the vegetables soften. Set aside.

Toast the quinoa in a dry (ungreased) heavy saucepan until it smells toasty, stirring continually with a wooden spoon. Add the sauted vegetables, along with the broth. Bring to a boil, and then turn heat down to low and simmer for 15 minutes, covered.

After the quinoa has cooked for 15 minutes, add the thawed and drained peas and corn and cook for about 5 minutes longer, or until the quinoa is cooked through.

Stir in the vegan parmesan and pepper to taste, and fluff with a fork before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition (per serving): 202.8 calories; 20% calories from fat; 4.7g total fat; 0.0mgcholesterol; 40.9mg sodium; 422.8mg potassium; 33.5g carbohydrates; 3.9g fiber; 2.2g sugar; 7.1g protein


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