Savory Pesto and Fresh Tomato Quinoa
After stirring in a sweet basil pesto, mild-tasting quinoa became flavorful. The aroma of basil filled the kitchen. For texture, small cubes of a creamy avocado were added, as well as a small diced tomato. The pasta-like dish was even tasty as a cold salad for lunch the next day. For filling and fresh eats, read on below for the recipe.
Ingredients for savory pesto and fresh tomato quinoa:
1 cup of quinoa, rinsed
2 cups of water
1/4 tsp of salt, pepper, and garlic powder
1/3 of a cup of fresh pesto
1 organic tomato, diced
1/2 of an avocado, pitted and diced
1/2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
pine nuts (to sprinkle over the top)
1- Pour the quinoa and water into a sauce pan over medium heat. When the water starts to boil lower the heat to medium low. The quinoa should be done in about 12 minutes.
2- While the quinoa is cooking, add the spices and stir. Then dice the tomato and avocado.
3- When the quinoa is soft and all of the water has been absorbed, add all of the other ingredients. Stir the quinoa mixture up and serve hot or cold. Top with pine nuts to add a slight crunch and buttery flavor.
Quinoa might be my new favorite food. It is so versatile and healthy!