Quinoa with Leeks and Walnuts

I went to Bikram yoga this morning for the first time in 4 years, and I didn’t feel like I was going to die! The first class I ever took, I had to sit down for a lot of it because the heat was just so overwhelming. In case you’re unfamiliar with Bikram, it’s a 90 minute yoga class in a very hot room. It’s intense, but you feel completely amazing walking out of that room dripping with sweat at the end. I can’t wait to go back! (And sorry for talking about sweat right before giving you a recipe…lets shift gears to more appetizing things now)

For the past couple years I was convinced I hated leeks. I can’t remember when the aversion started, but I made sure to avoid them (which, fortunately, was pretty easy). Then a few weeks ago I decided to give them another chance, so I made a Turkish recipe from Arabesquethat had leeks in an egg yolk-lemon sauce and realized they were completely delicious. So when I saw this recipe from A Couple Cooks, I was excited to make more leeks.

This dish is really simple, but there are a couple key things that really amp up the flavor. One is sauteeing some shallots and then adding broth to cook the quinoa. The shallots definitely add a subtle layer of flavor. The other is cooking the leeks in butter until they begin to caramelize just a little bit in places. The finishing touches of lemon juice and toasted walnuts round it all out.

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(adapted from A Couple Cooks

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3 Responses to “Quinoa with Leeks and Walnuts”


  1. 1 Beth November 17, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I’m really pretty sure I could live in your kitchen. I’m growing leeks in the garden right now, fingers crossed that they grow up happily. This recipe looks wonderful, and the Turkish recipe with leeks in an egg yolk lemon sauce sounds amazing. Please share 🙂

  2. 2 Laura November 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    You do Bikram too?! Awesome.

  3. 3 Kate November 18, 2011 at 8:38 am

    I’m so glad you got over your leek hatred. I love using leeks, so much milder than onions!


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