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Curried quinoa with peas for a quick protein fix on Meatless Monday

Curried quinoa with peas for a quick protein fix on Meatless Monday

"Where do you get your protein?" is one of the questions most often asked vegetarians and vegans. Beans, nuts, seeds and other such foods is the answer, and quinoa is one of our favorites. This grain-like food is a complete protein, making it a fantastic meat replacement. Try it with this recipe adapted for speed from Moosewood Restaurant New Classics.

See also: - Southwestern-style quinoa salad for a lunchtime protein punch on Meatless Monday - Quinoa-cranberry muffins with almond flour for a protein-packed breakfast on Meatless Monday - Quinoa stir-fry with pineapple and cashews for Meatless Monday

Curried quinoa with peas for a quick protein fix on Meatless Monday

You will need:

1 cup quinoa 2-3 tablespoons oil 8-10 pearl onions 1/2 teaspoon ginger pinch cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon turmeric 1/2 teaspoon coriander 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 3/4 cups water 1 cup frozen green peas

Curried quinoa with peas for a quick protein fix on Meatless Monday

1. Rinse the quinoa in a fine sieve and set aside.

Curried quinoa with peas for a quick protein fix on Meatless Monday

2. Peel the onions and cut them in half.

Curried quinoa with peas for a quick protein fix on Meatless Monday

Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.

 

Curried quinoa with peas for a quick protein fix on Meatless Monday

Add the onions to the heated oil.

Curried quinoa with peas for a quick protein fix on Meatless Monday

Cook them for four to five minutes.

Curried quinoa with peas for a quick protein fix on Meatless Monday

3. Add the ginger, cayenne and turmeric.

Curried quinoa with peas for a quick protein fix on Meatless Monday

Throw the rinsed quinoa on top.

Curried quinoa with peas for a quick protein fix on Meatless Monday

Stir everything together for a minute or so.

 

Curried quinoa with peas for a quick protein fix on Meatless Monday

4. Add the coriander, cinnamon and salt.

Curried quinoa with peas for a quick protein fix on Meatless Monday

Stir everything together for another minute or so.

Curried quinoa with peas for a quick protein fix on Meatless Monday

Add the water and turn up the heat.

Curried quinoa with peas for a quick protein fix on Meatless Monday

When the water is boiling, cover and turn down the heat to low, simmering for fifteen minutes.

Curried quinoa with peas for a quick protein fix on Meatless Monday

While the quinoa boils, go ahead and measure out your cup of peas.

 

Curried quinoa with peas for a quick protein fix on Meatless Monday

5. Add the peas after fifteen minutes are up.

Curried quinoa with peas for a quick protein fix on Meatless Monday

Stir, cover and cook another five minutes or so.

Curried quinoa with peas for a quick protein fix on Meatless Monday

You can eat this as a main or side dish, perhaps even throw some fresh cilantro on top if you feel so inclined.



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