The other day my cousin-in-law (is that a thing?) sent me a bunch of recipes from a book she is reading called Gutbliss. They sounded pretty good and I realized that I didn’t have any lunch for work the next two days, so last night I adapted one of the recipes. I changed some of the ingredients and quantities around to suit what I had on hand and it turned out pretty well. Definitely different from when I just make quinoa and slather it in Sriracha. MMM SPICE.
Cumin Spiced Lemon Quinoa
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 3 Tbsp olive oil, plus 1/4 tsp for the seeds
- juice of 1 small lemon (maybe 3 Tbsp)
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 cup raisins
- pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Cook the quinoa the same way you would cook rice in a 1:2 ratio (1 c quinoa to 2 c water). I use a rice cooker, so I just threw it in there and worked on the other things.
- Coat the sunflower seeds with about 1/4 tsp olive oil and spread on a baking sheet. Bake at 325 degrees for about 10 min.
- Mince the garlic clove and in a separate bowl mix garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and cumin. I grind my cumin, so that is what is pictured above. It started out as a coffee grinder, but once cumin got involved those days were over.
- Once the quinoa is cooked, transfer to a separate bowl and mix in the olive oil mixture, raisins, and pepper to taste.
The original recipe called for pine nuts, which I didn’t have. Sunflower seeds are a good alternative to those people with nut allergies though, so let’s just pretend I was thinking about those people. You’re welcome! I experimented with craisins instead of raisins too and those were also good. My raisins have been sitting in the pantry far too long, however, so this was a good way to use them up. I would definitely recommend one of the two though because the sweetness helped to balance out the lemon flavor. Feel free to pair this with spinach or kale to get your greens in (I was too lazy and had to watch House of Cards last night).
Question of the day: How do you like your quinoa?