Quinoa Primavera

This colorful quinoa will make you say quin-wow! Jam-packed with loads of yummy veggies, this dish makes a one-pot meal that packs a tasty punch.

CITRUS-PICKLED SHALLOTS

2 large shallots, cut into half-moons
2 tablespoons orange juice
½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
Pinch of sugar


QUINOA

1 cup quinoa, soaked at least 2 hours or overnight, rinsed, and drained
2 cups frozen artichoke hearts (see note)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried tarragon
½ teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
¼ teaspoon dried dill
¼ teaspoon black pepper, plus more to taste
2 cups frozen peas
2 carrots, diced
1 orange or yellow bell pepper, finely chopped
3 scallions (white and light green parts), thinly sliced
zest and juice of 1 lemon
½ cup raw sunflower seeds

Instructions:

To make the shallots, combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve. (The shallots can be refrigerated overnight or up to 3 days.)
To make the quinoa, combine 2 cups water and quinoa in a large saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, then add the artichokes, garlic, tarragon, thyme, ½ teaspoon salt, the dill, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the peas, carrots, bell pepper, and scallions. Cover and cook until the vegetables are heated through, about 5 minutes.
Remove from the heat, add the lemon juice and zest and the sunflower seeds, fluff with a fork, and season with salt and pepper. Serve, topping each portion with the shallots.
Note: You can also use one 14-ounce can artichoke hearts packed in water, halved or quartered if large.