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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Pear-Almond Quinoa

Pear-Almond Quinoa
Vegan; 30 minutes or fewer

This vegetarian quinoa dish is full of pears, cinnamon and almonds and adds a fun twist to your quinoa. It makes for a nice gluten-free breakfast cereal or for a savory side dish that goes well with a salad. Very comforting and delicious!


1 cup quinoa
1 cup water
3/4 cup ginger juice
2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup of dried fruit (I used a combination of dates, currents and raisins)
2 pears, unpeeled and cubed
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 tablespoons sliced almonds, lightly toasted
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
pepper to taste


1. Rinse quinoa well and add to pot along with water. Heat to boiling and reduce to a very low simmer. Cook until liquid evaporates, about 15 to 20 minutes. Don’t stir while cooking.

2. Sauté onions and dried fruit in pan with olive oil on medium heat, stirring occasionally. After about 5 minutes, add pears and more oil if needed. Cook until tender. Stir in cinnamon, and almonds.

3. Mix quinoa with pear mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serves 4 to 6.

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