Quinoa (pronounced "keen-wa"), a nutritious and quick-cooking grain, is available in health-food stores and many supermarkets.
- 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
- 1 1/2 cups Homemade Chicken Stock Homemade Chicken Stock, or canned low-sodium chicken broth, skimmed of fat
- 1 large bunch flat-leaf parsley, (about 4 ounces)
- 1 bunch chives, (about 1/4 ounce), snipped into 1/4-inch lengths
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
In a medium saucepan, combine quinoa and stock; bring to a boil. Cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer until all liquid is absorbed and the grains are translucent, about 12 minutes. Remove from heat.
Meanwhile, pick 1/2 cup parsley leaves from stems, chop leaves coarsely, and set aside. Place remaining parsley leaves, parsley stems, and 1/4 cup water in a food processor; process until pureed. Transfer puree to a double layer of cheesecloth laid over a small bowl. Squeeze all liquid from the puree, discard solids, and set parsley juice aside.
Add snipped chives, butter, and reserved parsley juice and chopped parsley into cooked quinoa, and mix until combined. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, and serve.