Quinoa and Greens-  paired recipe
Time Required: 25 (25 min. total)

This is a paired recipe only if you want to top the quinoa and greens with top sirloin steak strips made for the Sirloin Salad.  Quinoa is the one grain source which has all 8 essential amino acids and is often a vegetarian meal together with vegetables, but this is also very tasty with the meat.  You decide.  Watch the video to make your own prep time go faster!


1 3/4 cup(s) quinoa
2 cup(s) water
1 1/2 cup(s) broth
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 onion -- chopped fine
2 garlic clove(s) -- crushed
6 oz(s) button mushrooms -- chopped
4 cup(s) collard greens -- ribbed and thinly sliced
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1 carrots -- shaved with vegetable peeler


Prep Work:  Chop onion, mushrooms and greens; store separately. Cook quinoa.

1.  Heat dry quinoa in a little (1 Tbsp.) oil in a skillet.  Stir frequently for a few minutes while quinoa “roasts” to enhance flavor.

2.  Add water and broth to skillet and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to simmer and cover quinoa for 15 min., or until liquid absorbed.  Season with salt and pepper and a little butter or olive oil if desired.

3.  While quinoa cooks, heat 2 Tbsp. of oil in another skillet.  Saute onion 2 min., then add mushrooms and garlic for another 3 min. 

4.  Add greens with crushed red pepper and another 1/4 c. broth or water (for yield of 6).  Cover pan and simmer for 10 min. or until greens are tender.

5.  Add a shaved carrot.  Serve vegetables over 1 c. of quinoa and top with leftover sirloin if desired.

          (adapted from naturalhealing.com “Quinoa with Braised Collards” Nov.2010)


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