This herbed quinoa recipe will turn into your go-to healthy side for any meal. Get the recipe from UPMC HealthBeat.

Quinoa doesn’t have to be bland. Zest up this healthy side dish by adding fresh herbs for more flavor.

This gluten-free option provides all the amino acids that make up a complete protein. You don’t want to miss out on these health benefits.

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Recipe serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. For the quinoa: In a medium saucepan, add the chicken stock, lemon juice, and quinoa. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover the pan, and cook until all the liquid is absorbed, about 12 to 15 minutes.
  2. For the dressing: In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, lemon juice, basil, parsley, thyme, and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Pour the dressing over the quinoa and toss until all the ingredients are coated. Transfer the quinoa to a bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve.

Editor's Note: This video_recipe was originally published on , and was last reviewed on .

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