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Steamed Lemon Quinoa with Fresh Chives
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Steamed Lemon Quinoa with Fresh Chives

Quinoa is quickly becoming the darling of the culinary world.  This grain is gluten free, extremely digestible and packed with complete protein.  It has a light and nutty taste that can be enhanced by an array of flavors.

In this recipe I also steam the quinoa, which results in a lighter product - no clumps.  It is definitely worth the extra step!

1 cup quinoa

2 cups water

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup fresh chives 

Cook quinoa in a medium pot of boiling salted water, uncovered, until almost tender, about 15 minutes. Drain in sieve, then set sieve over same pot above 1 inch of simmering water (water should not touch bottom of sieve). Cover quinoa with a folded kitchen towel, then cover sieve with a lid (don't worry if lid doesn't fit tightly) and steam over simmering water until tender, fluffy, and dry, about 10 minutes.

Remove pot from heat and remove lid. Let stand, still covered with towel, 5 minutes. Transfer quinoa to a bowl and stir in oil, zest, lemon juice, chives and 1/4 teaspoon salt. 

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  1. Carolyn
    Carolyn
    Vote # 4 Virtually Homemade....love recipes with few ingredients! Thanks!
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  2. Eva
    Ooooh I love quinoa, and this looks super easy to make!
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    1. Veganara
      Veganara
      V ote no 6! This looks delicious and like Carolyn, I love recipes with few ingredients too! I gather that quinoa contains all the amino acids we need in our diets, so extremely nutritious, as well as tasty.
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  3. Carolyn
    Carolyn
    Congrats on making Top Posts!
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  4. SnakeWitch
    And this seems like a recipe that can be easily adapted. I have images of lots of fresh herbs in my mind right now! Vote number 7. Check out my two new articles - and vote for me too!
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    1. Virtually Homemade
      Virtually Homemade
      I did!
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      1. SnakeWitch
        Oh - the ones I just posted today. One is about juicing fasts and the other is about the environment. They may not be posted yet.
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  5. BuddhasDelight
    BuddhasDelight
    simple and sounds delicious. i do like the idea of getting the moisture out. i often cook quinoa in my rice cooker ( you have to watch it, if it goes full time it will be overcooked) with a towel under the lid. thanks for this one! yum.
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    1. Virtually Homemade
      Virtually Homemade
      That sounds like a good idea - I'll try it next time!
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      1. BuddhasDelight
        BuddhasDelight
        i think your way is ideal for quality, but in a hurry, the rice cooker trick is great :)
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