News Flash: There is no need to ever eat boring quinoa or throw away extra herbs again… Oh, and to top it off this is an amazing, easy and healthy side dish for your holiday gathering! I’m just a little excited about this one if you can’t tell…
But seriously have you ever found yourself in the position where you need 1/4 cup of a particular fresh herb and then it sits in your fridge for the remainder of the week until you throw it away? I absolutely hate being wasteful so I often juice my leftover herbs or use it as decor for place settings but one day I looked in my fridge to find that I had leftover sage, thyme, basil and mint. While I am cool putting parsley, cilantro, mint or even basil in my juice, I wasn’t so sure about adding the very distinct flavors sage and thyme to my morning blend.
On Sundays, I generally make a big batch of something (beans, grains, roasted veggies, etc.) to throw on salads for lunch during the week. On this particular week, it was quinoa and I wondered why I couldn’t simply make plain-old quinoa taste a bit better by adding in these left over herbs.
And the turnout was an absolute delight. Because of the herbs I had, it tasted like something I should be eating at Thanksgiving dinner. Step aside stuffing, this is a dish that is suitable for those who are vegan and gluten free!
Wishing you a very happy and healthy holiday season,
- 2 cups quinoa, cooked according to package directions
- 1.5 - 2 cups herbs (suggested for Fall flavor - sage, thyme, rosemary), stems removed and roughly chopped
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 clove garlic
- ½ cup olive oil
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- Add herbs to a food processor and pulse until well chopped. Set aside
- Then add lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and salt to the same food processor (it's ok if there are still some remaining herbs) and mix until well combined. Taste and add salt & pepper as needed.
- Once quinoa is cooked, add herbs and dressing to quinoa and mix well. Taste and add any additional spices. Serve warm, chilled or at room temperature