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Barr’s Secret Three Quinoa Pilaf

Here is a delicious recipe straight from the kitchen of Chef Barr Hogen from 2 Degrees Food. The principal ingredient is nutrient-packed quinoa, which is found in all 2 Degrees bars. Try this recipe yourself and let us know how it goes! We’d love to hear from you.


With a protein content of 12-14%, (3.5 oz contains 14 grams of protein) quinoa makes a healthy choice for vegetarians and vegans alike and it’s naturally gluten-free. Add this great grain to pilafs for a nutty flavor. You can also add it to soups and salads. Not only does it look beautiful, it adds great nutrition to your meals.

I use a rice cooker to cook my grains. It is one of the appliances I use the most and they are not all expensive. The best thing about a rice cooker is that you don’t ever have to worry about your grains ever burning. It also frees up more space on your stove. And if you need one more reason to get a rice cooker, you can make your oatmeal in it too!

½ cup cooked red quinoa
½ cup cooked white quinoa
¼ cup cooked Black Quinoa
¼ cup toasted slivered almonds
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
¼ cup cooked lentils (or cooked barley, or brown rice) -optional
Salt and pepper, to taste
drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil (evoo)– to your taste
excellent quality balsamic vinegar – to your taste

To cook quinoa in a rice cooker: Place 1 cup quinoa in the rice cooker. Add 1 ¾ cups
cool water. Place on lid and turn machine on. Once it’s cooked you can take out what
you need to make the salad and cool the rest and store in the refrigerator to add to
other recipes.

To make the salad:

Place all the cooked all the cooked grains into a bowl. Add the chopped parsley, toasted
almonds. Drizzle on some Balsamic vinegar, starting with about 1/8 cup. Now add about
¼ cup evvo and toss well. Season with salt and pepper.

You can add diced tomatoes or diced roasted red bell peppers and sliced scallions as

Serves 4 to 6.

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