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Parsley Quinoa and Brown Rice Pilaf

I’ve fallen in love this month, in love with the gorgeous bunches of bright green Italian flat-leaf parsley we’re finding in our CSA farm share boxes. This parsley quinoa and brown rice pilaf, with its serious dose of finely chopped fresh parsley, is my food love this week!

Parsley Quinoa and Brown Rice Pilaf

Just hearing the word parsley gets me singing the Simon and Garfunkel ballad. “Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme, remember me to the one who lives there, she once was a true love of mine.”

Each of the four herbs in that song has ancient love and health connotations–parsley is the one thought to lessen the bitterness of love lost.

No love lost here. Parsley is much more than a decorative plate garnish, for sure. Though we tend to forget this common herb has outstanding flavor and healthful qualities.

fresh parsley for Parsley Quinoa and Brown Rice Pilaf

If I owned that juicer on my wish list, I’d be adding parsley to my green drinks, for its blood cleansing benefit.

Parsley sprigs are part of classic stock or soup’s bouquet garni. In cooking school, we wrapped parsley, along with sprig of thyme and a bay leaf, into a neat package made of lightly blanched leek.

Finely chopped parsley is essential in tabouleh, the mid-eastern bulgur wheat salad.rice, onion, and vegetable broth cubes for Parsley Quinoa and Brown Rice Pilaf

Tri-color quinoa for Parsley Quinoa and Brown Rice Pilaf

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