We love cooking with quinoa because it’s so healthy, gluten-free, versatile, and my 3 kids love it. My sister recently made this recipe: Quinoa with Lemon and Herbs, originally from Giada De Laurentiis from the Food Network. It tastes a lot like orzo or pasta with fresh herbs and lemon juice. This recipe uses fresh basil, thyme and parsley, but feel free to use any combination of herbs. I added Parmesan to mine, but feta or goat cheese would work great too. This quinoa recipe makes a wonderful side dish served with fish, chicken or pork, and it can be prepared in under 30 minutes.
Since now is the time for holiday parties galore, I thought I would answer a question I get so often this time of year: What type of easy appetizer can I bring or make for a holiday get-together? The options are endless, and I could write a book on this topic, but with all the heavy holiday foods, I like something light. This dip is fresh, healthy and refreshing made with fresh basil, lemon juice, lemon zest and garlic. Serve it with fresh vegetables for a pretty presentation, and you can feel great about digging in.
Fresh Basil Dip
This dip is also great served alongside cooked salmon, shrimp or scallops.
Prep: 15 minutes
Yield about 1 1/2 cups
1 clove garlic
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup fresh basil leaves
1 cup light mayonnaise
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
Fresh Vegetables, crackers
1. In a blender or food processor, combine the garlic and next 7 ingredients: process until smooth.
2. Transfer the sauce to a bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Serve with fresh vegetables and/or crackers.