I used red quinoa in this recipe, which I prefer to white quinoa mostly because of the texture. I find white quinoa to be more mushy and sticky than the red kind. I also prefer the nuttiness of the red quinoa.
Quinoa with spicy lemon and pine nuts (Adapted from Martha Stewart)
1/2 cup red quinoa, dry
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp good olive oil1/4 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (use less if you prefer a lower spice level)
2 tbsp toasted pine nuts
zest from half of a lemon
Rinse the red quinoa three times in cold water using a fine mesh seive. Transfer to medium saucepan. Add 1 cup water and 1/4 tsp salt. Bring to a boil, then cover and let simmer on low heat. Cook until water is absorbed and quinoa is fluffy (but not mushy). Remove from stove and uncover. Let cool for a few minutes.
fresh ground pepper
Combine quinoa with cumin, cayenne pepper, pine nuts, and lemon zest in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil. Toss. Serve at room temperature.
I enjoyed this for lunch, but it would make a nice side dish or light meal for dinner.