Monday, January 3, 2011

Dear, Coconut Quinoa Pilaf. I love you.

I just love quinoa (pronounced "KEEN-wah")!  So give me a new yummy quinoa recipe to try, and I'm thrilled.  Surprisingly, many people I've talked to have never tried quinoa. 

If you haven't tried it before, allow me the opportunity to rave about it a bit.

What is there to love about quinoa?
high in protein
good source of fiber, phosphorus, magnesium and iron
tastes great!  light and fluffy texture

A few things you should know about quinoa:
It's a great alternative to couscous
It's prepared much like rice.
You must pre-rinse the quinoa!  It will taste bitter otherwise.
It can be used in sweet, spicy, or savory dishes.  Very versatile!

Coconut Quinoa Pilaf from The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook by Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre

Serves 4

2 cups quinoa
1 can coconut milk
2 cups water
1 bunch green onions, sliced
1 medium red bell pepper, diced small
3 to 4 cloves garlic, crushed
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 to 1 teaspoon crushed red chili flakes
1/2 cup chopped cilantro

1.  Rinse the dry quinoa in a fine mesh strainer under warm water.

2.  Place rinsed quinoa into a medium saucepan with the coconut milk, water, green onions, red pepper, garlic, sea salt, and chili flakes.  Cover and bring to a boil, then turn heat to a low simmer and cook for about 20 minutes.

3.  Remove pot from heat and let pilaf cool in pot for about 10 minutes.  Then add chopped cilantro and gently fluff with a fork.  Serve hot.

People often ask me what my favorite cookbook is.  This IS my favorite cookbook -without a doubt.  The Cinnamon Spiced Granola recipe I posted is also from this book. 

I'm on Day 8 of a 28-day elimination diet also from this book and their website.  I had intended to write more about my journey with food but we've been very busy here lately.  Check in soon for an update on my program.  What I can quickly share with you is that it is going really well.  I look forward to sharing more with you soon!


  1. Okay I have a confessing...I never even heard of quionanoanna :) or that stuff :) You do make a good sell though!

    Hope your program is going great!

  2. Looks great, Shelley! I promised the family that I would make at least one meal this week and I might have to try and work this one in! The boys, of course, will love to get those girls to try something new once in a while!!!

    Keep up the great work!


  3. I have some quinoa I need to use up, and am SO totally making this!

  4. I too love quinoa. Your recipe sounds really good with the coconut milk-yum.

    Here's my go to quinoa recipe:

  5. We have never heard of or tried this but will be looking for it on our next trip to the health food store. This healthy eating isn't half bad I'm finding out. :-)

  6. You're not going to believe this. Or, maybe you will.

    Today, I bought about 3 pounds of quinoa at the co-op! I bought the regular stuff and then decided to try the red quinoa too! I can't wait to try your recipe with my newest discovery!

    I'll check back soon and let you know how it went.



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