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Red Quinoa Pilaf with Pine Nuts

Serves 4-6


  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • 1 cup red quinoa, rinsed and thoroughly dried
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • Avocado oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Heat a medium saute pan over medium-low heat and add pine nuts. Watch carefully, tossing periodically, until they begin to brown a bit. Remove pine nuts to a small bowl and set aside. 
  • Return pan to medium heat and add a tablespoon or two of avocado oil. Add the mined shallot and saute until softened and beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Add dried quinoa and saute for another 3-5 minutes. Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds, until fragrant. 
  • Add water and bring to a boil. Cover and let simmer for 20 minutes, until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender. Fluff quinoa. Add toasted pine nuts and salt and pepper, to taste.