The weekend of quinoa comes to a close with this Toasted Quinoa w/Raisins & Toasted Pine Nuts. I love the flavors in this dish, which have a Mediterranean feel to them. Plus there’s the toasted flavor from the quinoa and pine nuts mixed with sweetness from the raisins. Everything blends together beautifully and makes for a delicious addition to the dinner table.
We had this with our dinner tonight, which in all consisted of roasted chicken breasts, this quinoa and some steamed carrots. It was an excellent meal full of nutrients and yummy flavors, just the way we like it in this house. 😉
PSA: whenever a recipe calls for toasted nuts, if you feel like being lazy and just using plain, untoasted nuts, don’t do it! Take the extra 5 minutes to toast them because the toasting process really enhances their delicious flavors. This is especially important for Low FODMAP and GERD/Acid Reflux cooking. Since you’re limited with the ingredients you can use, it’s important to maximize the flavor of all ingredients.
Likewise, toasted quinoa really adds something extra as opposed to untoasted quinoa. It will only take a few minutes to toast and since you’ll be using the same pan the quinoa gets cooked in anyway, it’s no extra mess.
I mentioned this in another recent post, but ground coriander is an amazing spice. It’s by far one of the best I’ve found to use in digestion-friendly cooking. On its own, I find it makes an excellent replacement in recipes that call for lemon juice. It doesn’t give the food the exact same flavor that lemon juice would, but it does offer up a lot of the same qualities. Also, I find that mixing ground coriander with ground cardamom, like in this recipe, makes for a tasty Mediterranean-like spice that could be used in recipes that call for cumin. Cumin, alas, is a common trigger food for GERD/Acid Reflux, and is definitely one that gives me a hard time.
With the toasted flavors and use of raisins, I think this dish would be an excellent addition to your fall menu rotation and it’s presentable enough that it could even have a place on the Thanksgiving dinner table. The next time you’re in need of a new side dish to try, give this one a go and let me know what you think. I hope you and your family like it as much as we do!