Healthy summer recipe: Black Quinoa and Summer Squash Saute

Quinoa

If you’re like us, quinoa is now a regular part of your diet. But we’re kinda over our staple beans and quinoa recipe. Fair Trade and Organic brand, Alter Eco Foods is a great resource for buying and experimenting with the superfood. Not only does their site have tons of recipe ideas to try, like their Black quinoa and Summer Squash Saute (pictured above), and adorable tutorial videos, it’s also a great source to learn more about the ancient grain.

Black Quinoa and Summer Squash Saute
“Inspired by the recent Bon Appetit magazine Summer Squash Saute recipe.  With all the bright yellow summer squash and dark green zucchini found in  farmers market and supermarket aisles lately, this recipe looked like a great summer staple.  And Alter Eco black quinoa is the perfect added veggie protein to keep this recipe light and healthy.”

Ingredients

1 cup black quinoa

2 lbs summer squash and zucchini, cut into matchsticks

¼ cup pine nuts

2 tbsp olive oil

2 garlic cloves, sliced

¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes

¼ cup finely grated Parmesan

Salt and pepper

Preparation

  1.  Prepare quinoa according to package instructions
  2. Toast pine nuts in large dry skillet over medium heat, tossing occasionally, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes.  Transfer to plate, let cool.
  3. Heat olive oil in same skillet over medium heat.  Add garlic and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring often, until fragrant but not browned, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add squash and zucchini and cook, tossing occasionally, until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.  Fold in parmesan.  Fold in pine nuts.
  5. Combine quinoa and squash mixture and serve.

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