Lemony Quinoa with Turmeric

This Lemony Quinoa has a fresh delicious combo of flavors.  It’s lightly spiced with curry, turmeric and cumin, and it makes a great healthy side dish to grilled fish or chicken.

This Lemony Quinoa with Turmeric is ightly spiced with curry, turmeric and cumin, and it makes a great healthy side dish to grilled fish or chicken

LEMON QUINOA

This Lemon Quinoa is another favorite quinoa side dish that I make often.  It’s quick and it’s easy enough to make any night of the week. 

This Lemony Quinoa with Turmeric is ightly spiced with curry, turmeric and cumin, and it makes a great healthy side dish to grilled fish or chicken

One of the ingredients in this simple quinoa recipe is turmeric, which gives it a brownish yellow color.  Turmeric is in the ginger family and it’s a great anti-inflammatory.  Needless to say, when I make this Lemony Quinoa for myself, I tend to use a very generous portion of turmeric.   It’s one of my favorite recipes using turmeric!

LEMON QUINOA RECIPE

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried cumin powder
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups water (or chicken broth)
  • 3/4 cups chopped toasted almonds
  • 3/4 cups fresh cilantro (or parsley)
  • 1/2 cup organic raisins
  • juice of 1/2 lemon (use more if you prefer)

HOW TO MAKE LEMON QUINOA

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

  1. Place the almonds on a cookie sheet lined with a silpat or parchment paper and roast in the oven for 3 – 5 minutes or until lightly roasted.  Remove from oven and set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium low heat.
  3. Add the turmeric, curry, cumin and stir for just 1 – 2 minutes until aromatic.
  4. Add the quinoa and cook over medium-low heat until you hear the light sounds of popping (like popcorn).  Continue to stir, careful not to burn.
  5. Pour in the water or broth and stir.  Place a lid on the pan and turn the heat to low.  Simmer for about 20 minutes or until the liquid has dissolved and the quinoa is cooked.
  6. Turn off the heat and let the quinoa set in the pan for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
  7. Place the quinoa in a large bowl.  Add the toasted almonds, cilantro and raisins and toss.  Pour in the lemon juice and toss.  Add more lemon juice if desired.

This Lemony Quinoa with Turmeric is ightly spiced with curry, turmeric and cumin, and it makes a great healthy side dish to grilled fish or chicken

My family has turned to quinoa more over the past few years.  It’s an ancient grain that’s one of the most protein rich foods we can eat and it’s also a rich source of iron and fiber.   Cooked quinoa is great as a side dish, or add it to soups, salads and more.  If you’re looking to incorporate more quinoa into your daily wellness plan, you can click here to learn How to Make Quinoa.  In this link,  I also provide you with  21 of my favorite quinoa recipes in one post for convenience.

This Lemony Quinoa with Turmeric is ightly spiced with curry, turmeric and cumin, and it makes a great healthy side dish to grilled fish or chicken

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This Lemony Quinoa with Turmeric is ightly spiced with curry, turmeric and cumin, and it makes a great healthy side dish to grilled fish or chicken
Yield: 4 servings

Lemony Quinoa with Turmeric

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

This Lemony Quinoa has a fresh delicious combo of flavors. It's lightly spiced with curry, turmeric and cumin, and it makes a great healthy side dish to grilled fish or chicken.

 

 

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried cumin powder
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups water (or chicken broth)
  • 3/4 cups chopped toasted almonds
  • 3/4 cups fresh cilantro (or parsley)
  • 1/2 cup organic raisins
  • juice of 1/2 lemon (use more if you prefer)

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

  1. Place the almonds on a cookie sheet lined with a silpat or parchment paper and roast in the oven for 3 - 5 minutes or until lightly roasted. Remove from oven and set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium low heat.
  3. Add the turmeric, curry, cumin and stir for just 1 - 2 minutes until aromatic.
  4. Add the quinoa and cook over medium-low heat until you hear the light sounds of popping (like popcorn). Continue to stir, careful not to burn.
  5. Pour in the water or broth and stir. Place a lid on the pan and turn the heat to low. Simmer for about 20 minutes or until the liquid has dissolved and the quinoa is cooked.
  6. Turn off the heat and let the quinoa set in the pan for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
  7. Place the quinoa in a large bowl. Add the toasted almonds, cilantro and raisins and toss. Pour in the lemon juice and toss. Add more lemon juice if desired.

One Response to “Lemony Quinoa with Turmeric”

  1. [email protected] Peas and Peonies — June 8, 2015 @ 2:06 pm (#)

    Love the fresh lemon flavor and what a great idea to add raisins, extra sweetness and texture.

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