I was invited to a dinner party the other night and offered to bring a dish.  Knowing I would be the only veggie, I wanted to bring something substantial for me and tasty and inviting for everyone else.  The host of the evening said she would be making salmon for the main course.  I immediately thought to make something lemony and quinoa is always a good idea for a dinner party.  Turns out this dish was a huge hit!  Success!: all the fish eating folks thought it paired perfect with their dinners.  And doesn’t it look pretty on the new plate my sister got me for Christmas?  Love these Lisa!

Zucchini and Lemon Quinoa

Serves 6

What you’ll need:

2 cups quinoa

3 zucchini, shredded

1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted

1/4 cup fresh parsley, roughly chopped

the zest of 1 lemon

3 cloves garlic, chopped

What you’ll do:

In a medium pot, prepare the quinoa according to the directions on the package.  When it’s about 3/4 of the way done cooking, add in the chopped garlic and continue cooking.  When the quinoa is done, keep it in the pot and toss in all the other ingredients and gently mix.  Serve warm or at room temperature.