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SPICY COD AND BROCCOLI QUINOA PILAF

cod-broccoli_300This nutritious meal is high in protein and should keep the hunger pangs at bay!
Prep time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

 Serves 4

Ingredients

3 teaspoons coconut or avocado oil
1/2 small onion, chopped
salt and black pepper
1 cup quinoa, rinsed well
2 cups chopped BROCCOLI
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup roasted almonds, coarsely chopped
2 spring onions, sliced
4 6-ounce pieces skinless cod, halibut, or striped bass fillet
1/2 teaspoon paprika

Directions

  1. Heat 1 teaspoon of the OIL in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and season with ¾ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until SOFTENED and starting to brown, 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add the quinoa and 1½ cups water to the saucepan and bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer gently until almost all the water has evaporated, 10 to 12 minutes. Fold the BROCCOLIand raisins into the quinoa, cover, and cook until the quinoa and broccoli are tender, 8 to 10 minutes more. Remove from heat and fold in the almonds, spring onions, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil in a large  pan over medium-high heat. Season the cod with the paprika, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper and cook until opaque throughout, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Serve with the quinoa pilaf.
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