101 Cookbooks, plus she's written two of my favorite cookbooks. She's been an inspiration to me since I first became a blogger and if I could have a fraction of the impact she's had on people's lives in the kitchen, then I'd be happy. This recipe is really tasty. Plain and simple. And it just screams spring to me with it's vibrant green color. Broccoli pesto is genius, people. I could eat it by the spoonful. I changed Heidi's recipe a bit to fit my needs and tastes and that's reflected here. But the link above the recipe goes straight to the original on her blog.
Double Broccoli Quinoa (adapted from this recipe on 101Cookbooks)
3 cups cooked quinoa*
5 cups raw broccoli, cut into small florets and stems
2 cups loosely packed basil
3 medium garlic cloves
2/3 cup walnuts
1/3 cup freshly grated Asiago cheese (Pecorino or Parmesan would work)
2 big pinches salt
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
Optional (but HIGHLY recommended) toppings: slivered basil, sliced avocado, crumbled feta or goat cheese
1. Barely cook the broccoli by pouring 3/4 cup water into a large pot and bringing it to a simmer. Add a big pinch of salt and stir in the broccoli. Cover and cook for a minute, just long enough to take the raw edge off. Transfer the broccoli to a strainer and run under cold water until it stops cooking. Set aside.
2. To make the broccoli pesto, puree two to three cups of the cooked broccoli, the garlic, 1/2 cup of the walnuts, basil, cheese, salt, and lemon juice in a food processor. Drizzle in the olive oil and proccess until smooth.
3. Just before serving, toss the quinoa and remaining broccoli florets with about the broccoli pesto. Taste and adjust if needed, you might want to add a bit more salt or an added squeeze of lemon juice. Turn out onto a serving platter and top with the remaining walnuts, some sliced avocado, and basil.
Serves 4 - 6.
*To cook quinoa: rinse one cup of quinoa in a fine-meshed strainer. In a medium saucepan heat the quinoa, two cups of water (or broth if you like), and a few big pinches of salt until boiling. Reduce heat and simmer until water is absorbed and quinoa fluffs up, about 15 minutes. Quinoa is done when you can see the curlique in each grain, and it is tender with a bit of pop to each bite. Drain any extra water and set aside.
aside and let cool, then store in refrigerator. Bring to room temp again before using.
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