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      Quinoa with Leeks and Shiitake Mushrooms

      Ingredients:

      2 3/4 cups of chicken broth

      1/2 teaspoon salt, divided

      1 1/2 cups uncooked quinoa, rinsed

      3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

      1 tablespoon olive oil, divided

      1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided

      3 cups thinly sliced leek (about 2 large)

      4 cups thinly sliced shiitake mushroom caps (about 8 ounces)

      1 1/2 cups chopped red bell pepper

      1/4 cup dry white wine

      1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

      Method of Preparation:

      1. Combine broth, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Stir in quinoa. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in 3 tablespoons parsley, 1 1/2 teaspoons oil, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Remove from heat; keep warm.

      2. Heat remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add leek; saut 6 minutes or until wilted. Add mushroom caps, bell pepper, and wine; cook 2 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Place 1 cup quinoa in each of 4 shallow bowls; top each with 1 1/4 cups vegetable mixture and 2 tablespoons walnuts.

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