Tasty and satisfying, quinoa is loaded with protein and the antioxidant quercetin.

Pepper Quinoa Pilaf with Basil Image

Serves 4


1 cup quinoa

2 cups spring water

1 cup finely diced red bell pepper

1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

3/4 tsp sea salt, or to taste

1 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil

1/3 cup thinly sliced or finely chopped fresh basil leaves

2 Tbsp pine nuts, pan-toasted


  1. Bring quinoa, water, bell pepper, lemon juice and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat tomedium, cover and simmer for 12 minutes or until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender. Remove from heat.
  2. Stir in olive oil and about 3/4 of the basil. Transfer to a serving bowl and top with remaining basil and pine nuts.

Per serving: 210 calories, 7 g protein, 33 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 7 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 440 mg sodium

Reprinted with permission from The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook by Jackie Newgent, R.D. (American Diabetes Association, 2007)

From our sister publication, Diabetes Focus Fall 2012

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at Healthcommunities.com

Published: 16 Aug 2012

Last Modified: 25 Mar 2015