Pilaf is an easy side dish or one pot meal! Technically it is rice (or other grain) that is cooked in broth, and may have vegetables and protein added as well. On days when I don’t know what to cook, a pilaf makes an easy choice!
I like making pilaf out of quinoa because it cooks fast and turns out fluffy! Millet is another quick choice. Sometimes I make it with brown rice, but I usually use my pressure cooker for that version so it will be quick.
A pilaf can be made with so many flavor variations!! Curry powder/cumin/ginger/pepper for an Indian flare. Cumin/oregano/chili powder for a Mexican vibe. Oregano/garlic/olives/lemon for a Mediterranean feel. Soy sauce/garlic/pepper for a Chinese “fried rice” version. So so many options!
Here is the recipe for what I made today. Feel free to mix up the spices and vegetables to what you want and what you have on hand!
Vegan Curry Quinoa Pilaf
- 1 1/2 cups quinoa (rinse and drain)
- 1 cup chopped vegan roast or sausage
- 1 chopped tomato
- 1 tablespoon broth powder
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- pepper to taste
- chopped veggies (I used one pack of organic bok choy)
- 3 cups of water
Sauté the vegan roast or sausage in a little oil until browned. Add onions and garlic. Cook for several minutes, adding a little oil or water if needed. Add broth powder, spices, and tomato. Cook for several minutes. Add veggies and stir. Taste - it should be a bit saltier than you want the final dish to be. If it needs to be a little more salty, add some more broth powder, salt, or some soy sauce. Add quinoa and water. Stir. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 15 minutes, or until all of the water has been absorbed. Use a fork to peek down and see if the water is all absorbed. Let it sit for a few minutes before eating.
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Do you have any favorite quick one pot meals you like to make?