Quinoa Pilaf with Salmon and Asparagus

Serve your family with a hearty skillet salmon, bouillon cube and asparagus quinoa pilaf – dinner that’s ready in 30 minutes.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

1
cup uncooked quinoa
6
cups water
1
vegetable bouillon cube
1
lb salmon fillets
2
tablespoons butter or margarine
20
stalks fresh asparagus, cut diagonally into 2-inch pieces (2 cups)
4
medium green onions, sliced (1/4 cup)
1
cup frozen sweet peas (from 1-lb bag), thawed
1/2
cup halved grape tomatoes
1/2
cup vegetable or chicken broth
1
teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
2
teaspoons chopped fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1 Rinse quinoa thoroughly by placing in a fine-mesh strainer and holding under cold running water until water runs clear; drain well.
  • 2 In 2-quart saucepan, heat 2 cups of the water to boiling over high heat. Add quinoa; reduce heat to low. Cover; simmer 10 to 12 minutes or until water is absorbed.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, heat remaining 4 cups water and bouillon cube to boiling over high heat. Add salmon, skin side up; reduce heat to low. Cover; simmer 10 to 12 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork. Remove with slotted spoon to plate; let cool. Discard water. Remove skin from salmon; break into large pieces.
  • 4 Meanwhile, rinse and dry skillet. Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Add asparagus; cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in onions; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir in peas, tomatoes and broth; cook 1 minute.
  • 5 Gently stir quinoa, salmon, lemon-pepper seasoning and dill weed into asparagus mixture. Cover; cook about 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Expert Tips

This main dish tastes as good as it looks and will be requested again and again. Vegetable broth and chicken broth are available in convenient 32-ounce resealable cartons. Cooking grains in broth adds flavor and pizzazz to your recipes.

Whole Grain Serving: 2

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
420
(
Calories from Fat
140),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
15g
15%
(Saturated Fat
6g,
6%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
90mg
90%;
Sodium
650mg
650%;
Total Carbohydrate
37g
37%
(Dietary Fiber
5g
5%
  Sugars
6g
6%
),
Protein
34g
34%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
35%;
Vitamin C
20%;
Calcium
8%;
Iron
30%;
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 4 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.