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Quinoa Salad with Broccoli, Dried Apricots and Toasted Pistachios
When cooking quinoa, remember a little goes a long way! If you want to have some quinoa on hand for other meals then go ahead and steam a whole cup, otherwise ½ cup will be enough to make this salad to feed 4 people.
The only two ingredients that need steaming are the quinoa and the broccoli, plan 15 minutes for the quinoa and about 5 for the broccoli florets.
½ - cup rinsed quinoa
2 - cups, small broccoli florets
Remaining Salad Ingredients:
6 - dried apricots, chopped
¼ - cup, currants
3 - scallions, finely chopped
¼ - cup fresh Italian parsley leaves, chopped
½ - cup pistachio nuts, lights toasted
Combine with the cooked quinoa and broccoli when cool.
1 - medium lemon, zest and juice
¼ - cup olive oil
¼ - teaspoon paprika
¼ - teaspoon ground cumin
¼ - teaspoon salt
Whisk the ingredients together and toss with the salad.
Preheat the Steam Oven in the Steam Mode.
Place the quinoa in a small solid pan and add a touch of salt and just enough water to cover.
Steam for 15 minutes then set aside to cool. Any residual water will be absorbed during this time.
Place the broccoli florets in a small perforated pan and steam for 4-5 minutes until tender, then set aside to cool.
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Baked Chicken and Rice
There are many versions of chicken and rice dishes and Arroz con Pollo is one of the most flavorful, it's a perfect dish to feed a crowd. This recipe shows several options for cooking the chicken and rice in a steam or convection oven.
8 - pieces bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces (legs and thighs work best)
2 - tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
1 - teaspoon Kosher salt
½ - teaspoon granulated garlic
1 - teaspoon ground cumin
½ - teaspoon mild or spicy smoked paprika
½ - teaspoon ancho chili powder
1 - teaspoon ground turmeric
1 - teaspoon dried oregano
Set the chicken on a rimmed baking sheet, and combine the oil and spices in a small bowl and rub into the chicken.
Vegetables and Additional Ingredients:
1 - tablespoon olive oil
1 - large yellow onion, diced
1 - medium yellow pepper, diced
1 - poblano chili, diced (if you like some spice)
3 - cloves, garlic minced
1 - Portugese mild or spicy Linguica sausage diced
1 - 14oz can chopped tomatoes
1 - cup short grain rice or Arborio
2 - cups chicken stock
½ - cup Manzanilla Spanish olives
¼ - cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Cook the spice rubbed chicken pieces in the Convection or Convection Steam Mode while cooking the rice and vegetables on the cooktop. Cool and slice the chicken and combine with the chicken and pan juices with the rice. OR
Sear the spice rubbed chicken pieces in the Convection Mode while sauteing the vegetables on the cooktop. Add the rice and stock to the pan, nestle the seared chicken pieces in the rice and bake covered in Convection or uncovered in the Steam Oven for 30 - 35 minutes.
Oven Method 1:
Heat the Convection oven in the Convection Roast Mode or the Steam Oven in the Combination Convection Steam Mode to 375 degrees.
Cook the chicken for 25 - 30 minutes until the skin is crisp and golden.
When the chicken has cooled, slice it (or leave whole if you prefer) then skim the fat from the pan juices and stir the juices into the rice mixture.
While the chicken is cooking, prepare the rice mixture.
Heat a large saute pan over moderate heat, add the oil, increase the temperature to medium high and saute the onion for a few minutes to soften.
Stir in the peppers and cook for a few minutes until the edges begin to brown.
Add the garlic and stir for a few minutes then add the sausage, cook for another minute or so then add the tomatoes and cook for 4 - 5 minutes.
Stir in the rice and add the chicken stock, cover and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes until the rice is tender.
Gently stir in the olives, add the chicken and garnish with the chopped cilantro.
Oven Method 2:
Sear the chicken on a rimmed baking sheet in the Convection Mode 375 (convection and steam ovens) degrees for 15 minutes and begin the rice preparation on the cooktop.
Saute the vegetables as directed above in a large ovenproof pan and once you have added the liquid, nestle the par cooked chicken pieces into the pan and scrape any cooking juices into the pan.
Cook uncovered in the Steam Oven in the Combination mode 350 degrees for 30 - 35 minutes until the rice is tender OR covered in the Convection Bake mode 350 degrees in a Convection oven.
Garnish as directed.
Serves 6 - 8