Quinoa is a seed, containing 8 grams of protein per cup. It is a complete protein, meaning it packs all 9 essential amino acids your body needs. Try this recipe instead of rice or pasta.
1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup dry white wine (optional)
1 cup quinoa
5 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Salt & pepper, to taste
Place a large sauce pan over medium heat, add butter and olive oil to pan. Sauté onion and garlic until fragrant. Add quinoa to pan to toast it. Stir quinoa until covered in oil and toasted.
Reduce heat. Slowly add wine to toasted quinoa, cook and stir until wine is absorbed. Add chicken broth to quinoa 1/2 cup at a time, stirring frequently. Let chicken broth absorb into quinoa before adding more. Quinoa will become tender and burst when done.
Remove quinoa from heat, stir in Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper.