Quinoa (pronounced "KEEN-wa") is a protein-packed whole grain that is a healthy substitute for rice or couscous. When prepared with Bigelow Green Tea with Pomegranate, it becomes a delicious base for a nutritious side salad or light lunch.
Combine boiling water and tea bags and allow to steep for 5-7 minutes. Squeeze excess liquid out of teabags and discard teabags. Place tea in a medium saucepan with quinoa. Bring to a boil, and then simmer covered until most of the liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender (about 12 minutes). Stir occasionally. Transfer quinoa to a serving bowl and fluff with a fork. Add cherries, almonds, and parsley and stir to combine. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss. Serve warm or at room temperature.
You can substitute different dried fruits and nuts in this recipe for a slight variation. Suggestions are dried pomegranates or cranberries (like Crazins) and cashews or walnuts.