Why It’s Good for Suhoor:
Suhoor is an important meal during Ramadan, as it provides energy and nutrients to help people sustain the fast throughout the day. This Quinoa Pilaf is a great choice for suhoor because it is high in protein, fiber, and complex carbohydrates, which will provide sustained energy and help keep you feeling full and satisfied throughout the day. It is also low in added sugars and unhealthy fats, which can cause energy crashes and hunger pangs.
Cooking time for this Quinoa Pilaf recipe is approximately 30-35 minutes, including the time it takes to cook the quinoa and sauté the vegetables.
- 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup chopped almonds or other nuts
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- In a medium saucepan, bring the quinoa and water to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes.
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
- Add the garlic, cumin, coriander, salt, and black pepper, and cook for another minute.
- Add the raisins and nuts to the skillet and cook for another 2-3 minutes, until the nuts are lightly toasted and the raisins are plump.
- Add the cooked quinoa to the skillet and stir to combine.
- Stir in the parsley, mint, and cilantro, and cook for another minute or two, until the herbs are wilted and fragrant.
- Serve hot or at room temperature.
Nutritional Information (per serving):
- Calories: 292
- Fat: 8g
- Protein: 9g
- Carbohydrates: 47g
- Fiber: 7g
- Sodium: 270mg
Health Benefits : Quinoa is a nutritious and protein-packed grain that is rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is a great source of iron, magnesium, and antioxidants, which help support healthy digestion, strong bones, and a strong immune system. The vegetables in this recipe also add a lot of nutrition, including vitamin C, vitamin A, and potassium.