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Near East products are high quality and easy to prepare. Professional chefs and creative cooks everywhere trust Near East to come out perfect every time while bringing and air of simple sophistication to the table. With its interesting ingredients, authentic flavors, and natural grains, Near East is the perfect companion to the meals you create.
Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is a unique, versatile grain with a slight crunchy texture and a light nutty flavor that is used around the world. Our Near East Quinoa Blend products have a blend of quinoa and brown rice and are a great way to bring worldly excitement to your table.
They have 7-8 grams of protein, are a good source of fiber (contains 3 grams of fat per serving as prepared) and have 34 grams of whole grain per 1 cup serving (see nutrition information for sodium content). Quick and easy to use, they cook in just 15 minutes for the perfect complement to your favorite meals.
Near East started in 1962 in Worcester, MA as a small, family-owned company started by George and Hannah Kalajian. Today, the Near East family of products includes more than 30 different flavors and varieties of rice pilafs, couscous, and other grain dishes, all with the same high-quality ingredients, care, and handling that Hannah put into the first pilaf. Our products offer you a variety of great tastes and authentic flavors from around the world with easy and convenient preparation. Near East uses only the best ingredients. Most Near East products are Certified Kosher. Our refreshing white box is a symbol of our dedication to simple, high-quality food.
This quick and easy to use dish combines a blend of quinoa and brown rice with lemon and other natural flavors. It has 7 grams of protein, is a good source of fiber (contains 3.5 grams of fat per serving as prepared) and has 29 grams of whole grain per 1 cup serving (see nutrition information for sodium content). Near East Quinoa Blend Zesty Lemon is Kosher Certified.
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Contains soy and wheat ingredients.
Quinoa, Parboiled Long Grain Brown Rice, Maltodextrin, Olive Oil, Salt, Onions*, Potassium Chloride, Parsley*, Garlic*, Spices, Torula Yeast, Soy Protein, Carrots*, Citric Acid, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Lemon Oil, Tocopherols for freshness, Natural Flavors, Vinegar, Corn Starch, Soy Sauce (Soybean, Wheat, Salt), Tomato Powder. *Dried.
Range top directions:
1. In a medium saucepan, bring quinoa/ brown rice blend, 1 teaspoon olive oil and 1 - 3/4 cups water to a boil.
2. Turn heat to a medium boil, add contents of spice sack and mix well.
3. Boil gently for 14 to 17 minutes until water is absorbed.
4. Cover; remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork before serving.
See side panel for microwave and high altitude directions.
Variations: For a creative twist add one of the following to the cooked quinoa:
1/2 cup roasted red peppers and 1 tablespoon fresh basil.
1/2 cup steamed asparagus.
1/2 cup gruyere cheese, shredded.
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger and 1/4 cup slivered almonds (add during simmer).
1 clove minced garlic and 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts (add during simmer).
1/2 cup cooked shrimp, chicken or tofu.
In preparation, seasoned broth or stock can be substituted for water.
1. In round 2-quart microwaveable glass casserole, combine quinoa/brown rice blend, contents of spice sack, 1-3/4 cups water, and 1 teaspoon olive oil.
2. Cover; microwave at high for 6 minutes. Mix.
3. Cover; microwave at high for 6 to 10 minutes or until all water is absorbed.
4. Let stand 5 minutes.
5. Fluff lightly with fork before serving.
*Microwave ovens may vary. Adjust times as needed.
High altitude preparation: At high altitudes, increase water to 2 cups and cook time by 5 minutes.
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