Quinoa is one of my favorite foods to eat! You can make savory and sweet dishes using quinoa. This seed is less starchy than rice or wheat, which makes it a great choice for people watching the quality/quantity of carbs they eat. It is an excellent source of plant-based protein as well as gut-friendly dietary fiber.
Here is an easy, delicious and nutritious quinoa recipe, perfect for the summer!
In a medium saucepan, combine vegetable broth or water, bay leaf and rinsed quinoa. Bring to a boil with lid on. Once it starts boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat and let it rest.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
When the skillet is really hot, add 1 tablespoon of oil (make sure oil coats the bottom of the pan) and immediately after add the calamari on a single layer. Cook for 1½ minutes. Remove from heat and place on a shallow plate, previously placed on top of ice cubes. This will stop the cooking process.
In the same skillet you cooked the calamari, and over medium-heat, add the remaining oil. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds stirring with a wooden spoon.
Increase the heat to medium-high; add tomatoes and artichokes. Cook for about 2 minutes or until tomatoes start to render their juice.
Add cooked quinoa and season with a little extra salt and pepper if necessary. Cook for about 2 extra minutes. Remove from heat.
Mix in reserved calamari and chopped basil. Serve immediately.