Monday, September 20, 2010

The Moose is Always Right

Well, the Moosewood is always right.

I do believe the Moosewood Collective compiles some of the most creative, classic, and fantastic vegetarian recipes out there. Unfortunately, their cookbooks have been collecting a little dust on my shelf for the past few months, and they've been feeling a bit neglected. As such, I decided to salute the Moosewood Collective this week with a week's worth of dinners from their cookbooks. Neglected no more!

Tonight's recipe, "Quinoa Pine Nut Pilaf," comes from my favorite of their cookbooks: "Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites." This was my first purchase amongst their cookbooks (a solid 3 years ago), and it boasts over 300 recipes for unique and healthy breads, soups, sandwiches, pastas, entrees, desserts, and much more. Needless to say, the pages are covered with smudges, stains, and other evidence of my somewhat messy cooking skills. If you're looking for a starter Moosewood with especially healthy options, try this baby first :)

As for tonight's recipe, who doesn't love quinoa? With pine nuts? And veggies? Holy yum. We served ours with Herb and Cheese Muffins (recipe, of course, also hailing from the Moosewood).

Geez. I'm starting to sound like a sales-woman.

Rock on, Moosewood. I promise to keep you at the front of the cookbook stack from now on.
What's your favorite cookbook right now?

Quinoa Pine Nut Pilaf
(adapted from a recipe found in the Moosewood Restaurant's Low-Fat Favorites)

This recipe is just fine and dandy on its own, but if you require some sort of vinaigrette on your grain salads, try a simple mix of red wine vinegar, olive oil, honey, and a pinch of salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 yellow or red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 cup quinoa (we used red quinoa tonight)
  • 1 - 2/3 cup broth (veggie or chicken)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 - 1/2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 1 cup frozen edamame
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
1) In a heavy saucepan, saute the onions and garlic in the oil over medium heat until softened (about 4 -5 minutes). Add the bell peppers, cumin, and coriander, and saute for an additional 5 minutes until softened. Add the quinoa and broth to the saucepan, cover tightly, reduce heat, and simmer gently for about 15 minutes. Stir in basil, corn, and edamame, and cook 5 to 10 minutes longer, or until quinoa is tender and liquid is mostly absorbed.

2) Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in pine nuts.


  1. I LOVE Moosewood! We have a ton of their cookbooks... my dad's made so many different kinds of their soups, and I've made their Pad Thai quite a few times. I really want to go to the restaurant in Ithaca!

  2. I seriously need to remember to pick up some cookbooks next time I'm at the library. They have a great selection but I never remember to get them. I guess because I'm always bookmarking blogs for this one. LOL

  3. I love Moosewood! I need to pull it out next week for my menu planning! It sounds and looks delicious!

  4. Yeah, Moosewood! :) I checked out their dessert book the other day...close to 400 pages of recipes and tips! This looks great, of course - I've never used red quinoa.