I can eat this every day. This Quinoa with Broccolini and Tomatoes is a delicious side, a great vegetarian main dish, and goes with just about anything. The nutty taste of the quinoa mixed with the sauteed vegetables is a great combination. It is delicious hot, room temperature or even cold. It is perfect for large gatherings since it can be made ahead.
Ingredients for Quinoa with Broccolini and Tomatoes:
3 cups cooked quinoa, about 1 cup uncooked
1/4 cup olive oil
1 bunch broccolini
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1 cup halved grape tomatoes, about 1/2 pint
1/4 cup pine nuts
Time-Saving Tip: You can make a big batch of quinoa and keep it in the freezer for a few weeks. Then when you're ready to use it in a recipe it will be cooked and ready to go. You can also prep all of the vegetables earlier in the day.
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If the broccolini is thick cut the stalk in half lengthwise and then cut each half in half lengthwise.
Heat olive oil in a large pan over high heat. Add the broccolini to the pan. Season with salt and pepper and saute over high heat for 2-3 minutes. Add the onion and cook for another two minutes. If the pan seems too hot lower the heat a little bit. You really don't want to brown the onions. Then add the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Saute another 2 minutes. Add the cooked quinoa and make a little room to add the pine nuts in a small section and toss them separately until just starting to turn golden. Combine pine nuts with quinoa and vegetables. Toss until heat through. Adjust seasoning.
It's ready! This is such a tasty and versatile dish. If you want you can even add some cooked shrimp or chicken for a delicious entree. Give it a try and I know you will love it.