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Algerian Quinoa w/Saffron, Raisins & Mint Recipe


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     Algerian Quinoa w/Saffron, Raisins & Mint

Category   Salads - Soups - Sidedishes
Sub Category   Gluten-Free
Servings   6
Preptime   40 min.

2 1/2 c water
3/4 tsp. Moroccan Saffron, crushed
2 tsp. olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c quinoa
1 c golden raisins
1 cinnamon stick
1/3 c toasted slivered almonds
3T fresh mint, chopped
fresh ground pepper to garnish if desired

In large sauce pot, bring water to boil and add saffron. Turn off heat and allow to sit, covered, for 15 min.
Add olive oil, salt, quinoa, cinnamon stick and raisins. Put pot back on high heat and bring to boil. Cover and reduce heat to low and simmer for 25 minutes, or until quinoa is cooked through and liquid has been absorbed.
Remove from heat and add in fresh chopped mint. Toss well to distribute. To serve, top with toasted almonds. Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper to taste if desired.

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