Italian Quinoa With Sun Dried Tomatoes and Pinenuts

Italian Quinoa With Sun Dried Tomatoes and Pinenut

I have a confession to make…I love Italian food! From a rich Italian pasta dish, all the way to a tasty tiramisu. Italian meals just hold a special place in my heart. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that when my husband and I first got together we would try a new Italian restaurant every chance we could get. Then at the end of a romantic meal we would share a piece of tiramisu deliberating over the flavors and discussing how it held up to the last one we had enjoyed.

That all changed when I found out that I needed to be gluten free. The first Italian restaurant that I went to for an anniversary dinner turned into a total disaster. Even though I ordered from their gluten free menu, fifteen minutes out the door I started to feel sick and we had to cut our night short and return home.

While I haven’t given up on finding a decent gluten free Italian restaurant in the area, I have started cooking more Italian food at home. This recipe is a healthy version of Italian cooking, substituting pasta with quinoa for a unique taste combination. It’s an easy one pan dish to make, and will help satisfy an Italian food craving. Be sure to check back with us as I post more delicious gluten free Italian recipes, and I hope you enjoy my Italian quinoa With sun dried tomatoes and pine nuts.

Italian Quinoa With Sun Dried Tomatoes and Pinenuts
 
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A healthy version of Italian style cooking with delicious quinoa, sun dried tomatoes, pine nuts, and green beans.
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Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbls olive oil divided
  • ½ small onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • 1 cup quinoa rinsed
  • ½ cup sundried tomatoes chopped
  • 1 160z can of stewed tomatoes
  • 1 cup fresh green beans or snow pea pods
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 Tbls sun dried tomatoe pesto
Instructions
  1. Add onion & garlic to 1 tbls of oil and saute until onion is transparent
  2. Add pinenuts and roast till lightly golden brown
  3. Add 1 more Tbls of oil and quinoa.
  4. Stir to coat quinoa with oil
  5. Pour in chicken broth and the rest of the ingredients.
  6. Mix well
  7. Bring to boil then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes
Notes
You can substitute snow pea pods for the green beans in this recipe.

 

Comments

  1. says

    Thank you for this healthy side dish. My family is not the biggest quinoa fan (even though I freaking love it), but they LOVED this dish! With a few modifications, I made it kidney-friendly for my husband. My mom and dad went back for thirds!!!! My dad had diabetes so this was also healthy for him too. I made your dish as a side to my simple tomato mozzarella chicken. Check it out on familyapron.com
    Thank you again. ..I’m looking forward to using other recipes of yours!

    • Faith says

      Thank you Tammy so glad you enjoyed it and it worked so well for your family. The chicken recipe looks amazing and it’s on my list of recipes to try now.

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