Quinoa Risotto

Quinoa is a gluten-free nutritional powerhouse. It is often called a ‘grain’ but it is actually a seed and is pronounced keen-wah – just in case you go asking for it and they look at you like you are a twit for pronouncing it how it’s spelt 🙂 Quinoa is a complete protein source containing 9 essential amino acids and is particularly high in Lysine which is responsible for healthy tissue growth and repair. Quinoa is also a great source of magnesium, is low in fat and is a lower carbohydrate solution to grains.

2 cups quinoa (soaked for a few hours prior if you have time, overnight is even better)
1 cup white wine (optional)
4 cups hot Vegetable Stock (you can use chicken if you prefer)
1/2 cup fresh parsley- chopped
1/4 cup fresh thyme (you can use basil, sage or any other herb you like)- chopped
1 onion- finely diced
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbs oil of your choice (I used macadamia)
Pinch salt
Cracked pepper to taste
2 chicken breasts- cubed
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1 zucchini- cut into chunks
Few handfuls of baby spinach (optional, I just like green stuff in my dinner)

Heat a large deep frypan or saucepan, add oil and cook chicken until sealed and about 1/2 cooked. Remove from pan and set aside. Add garlic and onion and sauté until onion is soft. Add drained and rinsed quinoa and wine and bring to a simmer for a 3 minutes. Add 2 cups of the stock, bring to the boil and reduce to a simmer. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally & add stock a bit at a time as it is getting absorbed. After 5 minutes, add remaining stock and all remaining ingredients and stir well. Bring back to a simmer and simmer for a further 10 mins, stirring occasionally or until quinoa is cooked. Once it is cooked, remove from heat and serve.

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9 thoughts on “Quinoa Risotto

  1. Looks scrumptious! I looove risotto but never had it quinoa style. I bet it’s yummy!

  2. Thanks The Healthy Flavor! It was a really nice change to regular risotto!

  3. Sophie33 says:

    I love quinoa & why didn’t I think of that! A georgous creation! 🙂 Very well-flavoured too! MMMM!

    I have made your chocolate thumbprint cookies & my husband, peter & I loved them so much: so good! xxx

  4. Thank you @sophie33. I am sure you will experiment with this too now! Let me know how it goes.

  5. Great news about the Choc cookies too! If your husband is anything like mine, he ate he whole batch in a few days :)…… But they are healthy honey….. Can’t argue with that 🙂

  6. I love quinoa – looks delish!

  7. Thanks @lovenaturalfood it was super tasty, thanks for stopping by the blog 🙂

  8. cathyn61 says:

    I love quinoa. I had it for breakfast today in Apple quinoa with cinnamon & yoghurt. Delicious! Never tried it in a risotto before so I must try this.

  9. Cathyn61 that apple Quinoa sounds delicious! I hope you enjoy the risotto too.

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