Sicilian-Style Toasted Quinoa

Side Dishes.
Rinsing the quinoa and then toasting it gets rid of the green, raw and slightly bitter taste this grain can have. 

Sicilian-Style Toasted Quinoa


Quantity Ingredients
1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not oil packed)
1 cup boiling water
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 cups Swiss chard, shredded (1 pound)
3/4 tsp. salt
2 cups quinoa, rinsed and drained
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 cup sunflower seeds, salted dry-roasted
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated


1. In a small bowl, combine sun-dried tomatoes and boiling water. Let stand until softened, about 20 minutes. (Timing may vary depending upon dryness of tomatoes.) When softened, thinly slice. 2. In large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, 5 minutes or until onion is lightly browned. 3. Add Swiss chard, sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and cook, stirring frequently, 5 to 7 minutes or until chard is tender. 4. Meanwhile, in large nonstick skillet, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add drained quinoa and cook, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until lightly golden. 5. Add 4 cups water, pepper and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook 12 to 15 minutes or until quinoa is tender. 6. Transfer mixture to large bowl. Stir in sunflower seeds, raisins, Parmesan, Swiss chard mixture and sun-dried tomatoes. Toss with a fork to combine.