Quinoa with Basil and Pine Nuts

Categories: Spleen Yang Vacuity

Quinoa with Basil and Pine Nuts

Serves 2

1 cup quinoa (sweet and warm, tonifies qi, strengthens spleen, warms yang, relieves internal cold)
Pinch of fine sea salt
1/2 cup pine nuts or cashews (warm and sweet, lubricates lungs, relieves cough, lubricates intestines, promotes production of body fluids)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 generous handful fresh basil leaves, chopped (warm and pungent, induces sweating, harmonizes stomach, antidote for seafood poisoning)

Place the quinoa in a strainer and rinse well. Combine the quinoa with 2 cups of water and the salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
While the quinoa cooks, heat the pine nuts in a small dry skillet over medium heat. Toast until the nuts are just starting to turn golden, about 6-7 minutes, shaking the pan frequently to prevent burning. Transfer to a serving bowl to cool.
Add the quinoa to the serving bowl with the pine nuts and fluff with a fork. Add the olive oil and basil, stir to combine , and serve.

Overall this recipe is warming and the quinoa is great for spleen yang vacuity.