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Hearty Winter Veggie Pilaf

February 2010
Hearty Winter Veggie Pilaf

by 7 people

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Makes: 6 servings

Prep: 15 mins

Cook: 25 mins

  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound mushrooms, preferably shiitake, sliced
  • 3 scallions, white and green parts thinly sliced separately
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup dried currants or cranberries
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound brussels sprouts, quartered lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  1. In a fine-mesh sieve, rinse the quinoa. Transfer to a large pot of boiling, salted water and cook until almost tender, about 12 minutes; drain in the sieve. In the same pot, bring enough water to reach a depth of 1 inch to a simmer over medium heat. Set the sieve with quinoa in the pot. Cover with a kitchen towel, then the lid, and steam until tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until lightly browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in the scallion whites, pine nuts and dried currants; season with salt and pepper. Cook until the nuts are light golden, about 2 minutes; transfer to a bowl. In the same skillet, heat another 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the brussels sprouts and 1/8 cup water; season with salt and pepper. Cook until crisp-tender, about 8 minutes. Toss with the mushroom mixture, quinoa, scallion greens, parsley and remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  • Toss in some chopped cooked bacon or ham for an even heartier dish