Thai Basil Quinoa - Phase 3

Oh. My. Goodness.

This is so good!

You want Thai Basil for this. Check your local Asian store to see if they have it. Sweet or Italian Basil just won't work. They have very different flavors. Thai Basil has a slight licorice flavor. 

Add whatever veggies you want, also. Be creative here.

I use this in phase 3 because the sesame oil is a key flavor. 

Thai Basil Quinoa
Phase 3 
4 grain servings

1 cup dry uncooked quinoa
1T sesame oil
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup grated carrot
1/2 cup sliced onion (optional)
1/4 cup red bell pepper strips (optional)
1/4 tsp ground ginger, or 1/8 tsp fresh grated
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp minced garlic
2T tamari
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
Small bunch of fresh Thai Basil

Heat the oil over medium high heat. Add quinoa and stir to coat. 

Stir and toast the quinoa until it starts to have a nutty aroma. 

Add chicken stock, veggies, ginger, garlic, black pepper, red pepper flakes. Bring to boil. Reduce to simmer and cover. Cook without disturbing for 12-14 minutes. Remove lid and fluff, if there is no liquid in pan and quinoa is done. Chop the Thai Basil and add to pan. Add tamari and stir. Serve. 

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