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Quinoa with Quick Sauté of Zucchini with Toasted Almonds

Ingredients:

1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1 tablespoon butter
2 clove garlic, minced
1/8 cup green onions, chopped

Saute garlic with butter for 2 minutes then add cooked quinoa mix well. Then add Quick Sauté of Zucchini with Toasted Almonds (recipe to follow). Top with green onions. Serve immediately.

Quick Sauté of Zucchini with Toasted Almonds:

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons thinly sliced almonds (used slivered almonds)
1 to 2 small zucchini, cut into 1/8-inch matchsticks with a knife or julienne blade on a mandoline
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Few ounces pecorino Romano or paremsan, in thin slices — a peeler works great for this (used freshly grated Parmesan cheese)

Quick Sauté of Zucchini with Toasted Almonds

Heat the oil on high in a large skillet. When it is hot but not smoking, add the almonds to the pan. Cook them, while stirring, until the almonds are golden-brown, approximately a minute or two.
Add the zucchini to the pan, tossing it with the oil and almonds until it just begins to glisten, about one minute. The idea is not to cook the zucchini so much as warm it.
Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately, with or without cheese on top.

Quinoa added to Quick Sauté of Zucchini with Toasted Almonds

*Initially this was suppose to be two different dishes but last minute I decided why just  mix everything and make one superb side dish. Combined together the nuttiness of the quinoa and the toasted almonds…let’s just say I can eat this while I’m sleeping too. So far this is the best quinoa dish I’ve ever made. enJOY!!!

Source: Smitten Kitchen (for Quick Sauté of Zucchini with Toasted Almonds)

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