Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Pineapple Quinoa

Scot says "this is everything I like."  10/10.  He loves the sweet and savory thing.  He loves quinoa, pineapple, edamame and red peppers (every time he eats a red pepper, he seems to be shocked at how good it is).  Oh yeah, and he loves ginger.  

I thought this tasted a little bit like fried rice.  And I loved the cashew nuts which have a really meaty quality in this dish (and they aren't too crunchy...they are pretty soft as far as nuts go).  Nuts!  Go nuts!

Pineapple Quinoa

1 cup quinoa
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup cold water
2 tbsp. plus 1/2 tsp. soy sauce
1/3 cup raw cashew pieces (unsalted)
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 cup cooked edamame
2 scallions, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 serrano pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1-inch piece of ginger root, peeled and grated or finely diced
1/2 of a medium pineapple, cored, peeled and diced
1/2 cup loosely packed basil, finely chopped
Lime wedges, for serving

Combine the quinoa, pineapple juice, 1/2 teaspoon of soy sauce and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for about 15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Remove from the heat, let stand covered for 5 minutes, then remove the lid and fluff with a fork.

Toast the cashews in a large skillet over medium heat until golden and fragrant.  Remove from the pan and set aside.

Return the pan to the stove and increase the heat to medium-high. Heat the vegetable oil. Stir in the bell pepper and edamame and stir fry for about 3 minutes, or until the bell pepper is slightly softened. Stir in the scallions, garlic,
ginger, and serrano and cook until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in the pineapple, quinoa and basil. Mix well to combine. Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and continue to cook for a few minutes more until everything is well blended and heated through. Serve garnished with lime wedges, if desired.

(Servings: 6, Prep time: 10 min., Cook time: 30 min., Difficulty: Easy)

foodforscot Ratings:

Shanon (taste):  8/10
Scot (taste):  10/10
Effort:  2/5
Dishwashing Effort:  1/5

1 comment:

  1. I think Scot has good tastebuds! This is everything I like too.