Carrot Quinoa Pilaf

The blend of carrots, poppy seeds, along with other veggies make for a very heart-healthy, carrot quinoa pilaf dish that can be a

Carrot quinoa pilaf on serving plate with herbs and quinoa in background

great side dish or light snack. The high mineral content of magnesium in quinoa helps relax blood vessels, leading to a decrease of hypertension, ischemic heart disease and heart arrhythmias.

Also, the carrots in this recipe are a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin K. Carrots are high in fiber as well which may help in weight-loss, thus taking stress off the heart and lowering the risk for heart disease. The antioxidant-rich carrots are also high in potassium which may help lower blood pressure and help prevent irregular heart beats.

In addition, the poppy seeds also contribute vital minerals such as zinc, calcium, magnesium, which further aid in the smooth functioning of the heart.

Carrot Quinoa Pilaf - Recipe Ingredients:

2 cups dry quinoa

4 cups water

1- 1/2 cup carrots shredded

4-5 green onions, chopped

1/2 cup parsley - coarsely chopped

3 tablespoons poppy seeds

1/4 cup vinegar

1/4 cup olive oil

2 teaspoons sea salt

Carrot Quinoa Pilaf - Recipe Instructions:

Bring to boil dry quinoa, water and sea salt in a medium or large saucepan. Reduce to simmer, cover and cook about 15 minutes or till water is absorbed.

Remove from heat and lightly fluff with a fork, then allow to cool for about 45 minutes to an hour.

While cooked quinoa is cooling, shred carrots and place in a medium bowl.

Next chop green onions and parsley, adding to carrots.

Then combine poppy seeds, vinegar and olive oil, adding to bowl.

Once cooked quinoa is cooled to room temperature add all the ingredients contained in bowl.

Refrigerate or serve immediately.

Makes 6 servings.

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