Curry Cod with Quinoa
According to Wikipedia.org, quinoa is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds that contain essential amino acids like lysine and good quantities of calcium, phosphorus, and iron. It’s a delicious and gluten-free dish that works as a main course combined with veggies and a protein, or a fantastic side dish. My Mediterranean Quinoa served with Curry Cod fillets makes a fantastic tasting meal that you can make in 30 minutes or less.
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- 1 c. tricolor organic quinoa
- 2 c. water
- 1 ½ c. diced red, yellow and green bell peppers
- 1 small onion, diced
- 4 garlic cloves, diced
- 1 c. diced Greek olives
- 1 c. Feta cheese crumbles
- 1 ½ T. extra virgin olive oil
- In a 1-½ quart saucepan, pour in water and quinoa.
- Bring to a boil, then cover the pot and reduce to a simmer.
- Cook for approximately 10-15 minutes until all the water is absorbed.
- While the quinoa is simmering, in a skillet on the stovetop over low heat, pour in olive oil.
- Add in bell peppers, onion, garlic and sauté until lightly golden.
- In a large bowl, pour in cooked quinoa and cooked pepper, onion and garlic mixture.
- Add in the Greek olives and Feta cheese crumbles and mix well.
- Add in your favorite balsamic vinegar dressing to taste and miix well.
- Quinoa can be served hot or cold. It even tastes fantastic the next day!
To make balsamic vinegar dressing, use ⅓ c. good balsamic vinegar, ¾ c. olive oil and garlic salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Keep in a separate container and use on quinoa to taste.
- 2 cod fillets
- 1 ½ T. coconut oil
- Curry Sauce:
- 2 T. coconut oil
- 2-3 garlic cloves, diced
- 1 T. yellow curry powder
- 1¼ c. coconut milk (plain)
- 2 T. flour (all-purpose or gluten free All Purpose Baking Flour from Pure Pantry
- ¼ tsp. ground ginger
- ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
- ⅓ c. pineapple purée
- 1 tsp. raw honey
- ⅓ c. sliced raw almonds (optional)
- 2 T. fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice
- dash garlic salt
- dash red chili pepper flakes
- fresh, sliced melon (for garnish)
- Purée ⅓ c. fresh pineapple pieces in a blender. Set aside.
- In a skillet on the stovetop, sauté cod fillets in coconut oil until lightly golden on both sides. Set skillet aside.
- In another skillet on the stovetop over medium heat, add oil, garlic cloves and curry powder. Stir until mix becomes fragrant (about 20 seconds).
- Add in the following ingredients stirring after each addition: coconut milk, flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, pineapple purée, honey and raw almonds.
- Stir mixture until sauce becomes somewhat thick (about 1-2 minutes).
- Stir in fresh squeezed lemon (or lime) juice.
- Add in garlic salt and red chili pepper flakes to taste. Stir.
- Add in cooked cod fillets to the mixture.
- With a spoon, pour curry over the fish.
- Let simmer over low heat for approximately 5 minutes.
- Serve immediately with Quinoa.
- For garnish to the plate, add some pieces of fresh, sliced melon.
©2013 — Maryann Ridini Spencer
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