Heidi Swanson writes a delightful recipe blog that I follow. Â Her recipes areÂ consistentlyÂ healthy, yummy, and vegetarian! Â She concentrates on using whole foods, which are better for our bodies and the planet.
A while back I had a lot of broccoli I needed to use up, so I decided to try her double broccoli quinoa recipe. It's a great recipe that was very delicious. Â I also think it's great lighter fare that is good for the body after the typical over-indulgence of Thanksgiving. Â I do have a few suggestions or recommendations though.
- I noticed when I first read the recipe that she only used half of the broccoli pesto in the dish. Â I meant to only make half for that reason, but forgot when I got around to making it. Â Unless you have an idea to use it for immediately, or want to put all of it in there, I'd go with just making half the amount used and using all of it.
- The pesto turns brown after a day (likeÂ guacamole). Â I'm not sure what causes this, as I've never had broccoli turn brown. Â I added some fresh basil to mine, so maybe that is what caused it? Â Regardless, it still tasted fine, just not as appetizing to look at. Â It isn't veryÂ noticeableÂ in the quinoa, but the pesto that I had left over really showed it!
- I used pecans instead of almonds and whole milk instead of cream since that is what I had on hand.
- If you do end up with leftover pesto, it makes a pretty good pizza sauce base. Â I used it for that, and it had the added benefit of covering up the unappealing color.
I hope you enjoy her recipe and blog - for all of you vegetarians and vegans ther e are a ton of good recipes on her site!