Gluten Free Virtual BBQ

by Lauren | Celiac Teen on July 7, 2008

Kate from Gluten Free Gobsmacked created this new concept.  A virtual BBQ.  Now, what is that?  Well, Kate basically wanted each letter if the alphabet to be used up, and you make something that you would bring to a BBQ at a friends house.  I may be crazy, but I chose the letter Q.  Well, maybe I’m not that crazy… Quinoa anyone?  With that said, I made a Quinoa Side Dish.

Quinoa Side Dish

1 tbsp butter
1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups vegetable broth
2 teaspoons minced (or chopped) garlic
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley (more if you want)
1/4 tsp dried thyme
Dash of Salt
Dash of lemon juice (if you want)

1.  Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  Add the quinoa, and toast, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned (about 5 minutes).  Stir in broth, and garlic, and bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 15 minutes, or until quinoa is tender.
2.  In a bowl, toss quinoa together with parsley, thyme, and salt.  Sprinkle with lemon juice and serve.
3.  If the quinoa is too watery for your liking, put the quinoa back into the saucepan, and over medium heat, heat the quinoa until it has reached your desired consistency.
Yum!!  A very good dish.  By the way, the above recipe makes enough for 4 people, so if there are a lot of you, it’s a good idea to double it, or make it twice.
Enjoy this, and the rest of the Virtual BBQ entries.
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