Fruity Quinoa and Hemp Seed Pilaf (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Guest Post by Angela Simpson, blogger and Health Coach at Eat-Spin-Run-Repeat

Fruity Quinoa and Hemp Seed Pilaf - Healthy, vegan, gluten-free. Perfect for lunch or a side at dinner.

I don’t know about you, but I often fall victim to lunch ruts. You know, you totally fall in love with a combo of fillings in your wrap, or that chili that warms you up on a cold day. Soon you realize it’s been weeks since you had something different, and while go-to recipes make for easy meal prep decisions, sometimes a little variety is good too!

Since it’s a new year, why not start it off with a new salad recipe, featuring the pomegranate, one of my favourite seasonal fruits. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do!

Fruity Quinoa and Hemp Seed Pilaf - Healthy, vegan, gluten-free. Perfect for lunch or a side at dinner.

Fruity Quinoa and Hemp Seed Pilaf
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian
Serves: 2-3
  • ½ cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup low sodium vegetable broth
  • ⅔ cup pomegranate arils
  • ⅓ cup chopped organic dried apricots
  • ⅓ cup shelled pistachios
  • 2 large stalks celery, diced
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds (such as North Coast Naturals raw hemp seeds)
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  1. Put the broth and quinoa in a small saucepan and cook over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes, or until grains are puffy and most liquid is absorbed. Strain off any remaining broth and transfer the quinoa to a large bowl.
  2. To the same bowl, add all remaining ingredients. Stir well.
  3. Set the pilaf aside for at least 15 minutes to allow the flavours to intensify. Serve warm or cold.
  4. Serves 2-3 as a side.

To learn more about Angela, and for more delicious, healthy recipes, check out her blog at You can also learn more about her Gorgeous Guide to Goal Conquering, a complete resource and online community to help you achieve your goals in 2014 by clicking here.

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