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1 large onion

3 gloves garlic

2 tablespoons canola oil

1 red pepper, chopped

1 cup chopped white mushrooms

2 teaspoons ground coriander

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 cup quinoa

2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried)

1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted


In a heave saucepan, sauté the onion and garlic in oil until onions are browned. Add chopped red pepper, mushrooms and cook until soft. Add seasoning. Place quinoa in a fine sieve and rinse will under cold running water. Add to sauce pan with water and simmer gently for 15 minutes. Add basil and cook 5 to 8 minutes or until quinoa is tender. Stir to fluff up quinoa and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with warm, topped with toasted pine nuts. This can be made ahead and warmed to serve.

Serves 6.

Susan Mendelson is a Vancouver caterer.