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I've mentioned before that quinoa is a protein powerhouse, and I love finding ways to include it in our diet. It has such a great, mild flavor and fluffy texture. I love it as a change from regular rice side dishes. Its nutty flavor goes well with fruit, fresh and dried, and in this recipe the blueberries provide just enough sweetness. Feta gives some salty flavor and almonds contribute texture and more nuttiness. Add in a little lemon juice for some acidity and you've got a healthy side dish that you can feel good about taking a second helping of.
Quinoa with Blueberries, Feta and Almonds
1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed (be sure to do this - it can have a bitter taste if you don't.)
1/4 cup roughly chopped almonds, toasted
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup dried blueberries
1T lemon juice
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add quinoa and return to a boil. Cover and reduce the heat to low and simmer until quinoa is tender, but still chewy, about 15 minutes. Fluff quinoa
with a fork.
2. Stir in almonds, salt, blueberries and lemon juice. Top with feta and serve.
Yield: 6-8 side dish servings
Recipe Source: HeatOvenTo350