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Moroccan Quinoa pilaf

Moroccan Quinoa pilaf

Moroccan quinoa pilaf

(Serves 2)


- 1/2 cup dried organic quinoa (yellow or mixed varieties)

- 1/2 cup of organic currants

- 1/4 cup chopped pesticide-free pecan nuts

- 1 chopped tomato

- 1/2 chopped capsicum

- 1/2 red onion, finely diced

- 1 tsp crushed garlic

- 1-1/2 cups of organic vegetable stock or water

- 1 tsp Moroccan spices (e.g. cumin, cinnamon, ground coriander, smoked paprika, ground ginger)

- 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley

- 1 tbsp organic coconut oil

1) Place the chopped pecans on a baking tray in 200⁰C oven for a few minutes - watch carefully, remove once lightly toasted.

2) In a little coconut oil, fry the onion and garlic in a hot pan, add the spices.

3) Add the quinoa, tomato and capsicum to the pan, lightly tossing everything through until well coated with spice mixture.

4) Add stock or water to the pan and bring to the boil, cover and reduce heat to low.

5) Cook for 20 minutes or until all the liquid has absorbed, adding more liquid if necessary. Quinoa turns transparent and swells to almost three times dried size when cooked.

6) Add currants and pecans to the pan and cook for a further 5 minutes.

7) Just before serving, stir parsley through.

This is a great recipe which can also be served cold.


The recipe uses Coconut Oil which has many health benefits for skin and hair, and it as this recipe shows, it is great in cooking as well.

Coconut oil has some saturated fatty acids like Capric Acid and Lauric Acid that raise the level of high density Lipoproteins in the body, lowers bad Cholesterol, boost immunity and fight ageing. They also increase the rate of metabolism and help shed weight.

Quinoa is a tiny, nutritious seed that can be substituted for most cereals and is a good replacement for rice.

It is high in protein, but the protein it supplies is complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. Not only is quinoa's amino acid profile well balanced, making it a good choice for vegans concerned about adequate protein intake, but quinoa is especially well-endowed with the amino acid lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair.

Quinoa is a very good source of manganese as well as a good source of magnesium, folate, and phosphorus, this "grain" may be especially valuable for persons with migraine headaches, diabetes and atherosclerosis.

Recipe by Laura from Abundant Health Naturopathy - if you want to know more about any ingredients and their benefits, please enquire.