Honey Cilantro Soaked Quinoa

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Let’s clean out our pantries, shall we?

And while we’re at it, let’s toss all that summer fresh cilantro and sweet, ripe oranges into the mix, as well.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve gotta whole pantry full of quinoa.

And a whole binder full of quinoa recipes.

Am I right?

I thought so.

I’ve been using quinoa so much lately and I thought I’d take a break from the oven and let a little bit of summer back into my life by whipping up a sweet quinoa salad.

So simple. Yet so delish.

And all it takes is a quick dump of your pantry and a few fresh toss-in’s from your fridge.

It’s what you make when you have a bunch of pretty quinoa in your pantry and some fresh herbs and citrus in your fridge.

How easy is that?

In my little pantry, I found a handful of peanuts and honey  You just can’t go wrong when adding peanuts and honey- it’s kinda like honey roasted peanuts….I could eat those all day long.

I added a few fresh cilantro leaves, some skinny scallions and a bit of fresh orange zest n’ juice.

Perfecto!

Don’t ya just love it when things work out?

I’m off to Dallas for the Gluten-Free Expo; have a delicious weekend!

Honey Cilantro Soaked Quinoa
 
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Gluten-Free and Vegetarian
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups quinoa
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • ⅓ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • ⅓ cup peanuts
  • Juice of 1 fresh orange
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh orange zest
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground white pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions. Remove from heat and immediately transfer to a large bowl. Add honey; gently toss to combine. Set aside covered for 10 minutes to soak.
  2. Mix in remaining ingredients.
  3. Transfer to serving bowls. Serve warm or chilled.
  4. Enjoy.
Notes
Servings: 4 Serving Size: ~ ½ cup Calories: 299.8 g • Fat: 5.2 g • Protein: 9.9 g • Carb: 54.5 g • Fiber: 5.1g • Sugar: 10.5 g • Sodium: 113.1 mg

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be visiting the McCormick headquarters (just outside of Baltimore) which will include a tour of the McCormick kitchens for a day of cooking demos and fun on September 20th.  Join me as there is still room for you to come along.  You can register here: http://fitbloggin.com/2012/04/welcome-mccormick/

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16 replies
  1. Beverly Milley
    Beverly Milley says:

    HI AMIE,

    THIS LOOKS SO GOOD YOU ARE RIGHT SEVERAL DIFFERENT TYPES OF QUINOA IN MY PANTRY. WE WENT YESTERDAY TO THE HONEY BEE STORE HERE IN SAVANNAH AND BOUGHT DIFFERENT FLAVORS OF HONEY SO I AM GOING TO TRY THIS TONIGHT AND I WILL LET YOU KNOW HOW IT GOES. SUMMER IS ALMOST GONE AND IT SURE FLEW. HOLIDAYS ARE RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER. HOPE YOU HAD A WONDERFUL SUMMER AND I AM SURE YOU HAVE A BUSY SEASON HEAD.
    THANK YOU!

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    • Amie
      Amie says:

      Thank you Beverly; so great to hear from you! Hoping you enjoy this sweet dish…it’s a perfect way to cap of the summer. Enjoy your weekend.

      Reply
  2. Joolie
    Joolie says:

    I’m fairly new to using fresh herbs. When you say 1/3 cup of cilantro, do I measure then chop, or chop then measure? I’m also new to your blog and love it all!

    Reply

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