Recipe 2: Quinoa and Veggies

Posted on Jan 16 2013 - 8:13pm by Markell

So a little while ago, I discovered Quinoa. I may be one of the last people to discover this gem, but it has changed my life. Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic, but it is really good. I’m not exactly sure what it is… I believe it is some sort of a grain? I guess I could do a little research but that takes time. All I know is that it is good for you and really easy and yummy. And, it is NOT pronounced kee-no-ah. The grocery store guy made sure that I knew that it is keen-wa. I guess it is possible to cook it in a rice cooker, but I haven’t tried that yet. Apparently there are tons and tons of ways to cook quinoa. You can put in salads, muffins, cake, use it plain… and everything in between.

Anyway, this recipe is really easy. I love it for lunch. It makes enough for 3-4 people, but I’m the only one who eats it at my house so it gives me left overs, which I love.

So the first thing to do is wash the quinoa. Put it on a cheese cloth and rinse it off.

I have always cooked it with a bullion cube. I am sure it’s good without it, I just did it that way the first time and loved it so I do it that way every time. I cook one cup of quinoa with 2 cups of water and the bullion. Let the water boil, then turn it down and let it simmer until all the water is gone, about 25 minutes or so.

This is what it should look like when it’s done:

 If you look close, you can see that there is a ring around the outside of each piece. That tells you it’s done cooking.

Meanwhile, saute the veggies. I’ve used many different veggie mixes and they have all turned out good. This one happens to be asparagus stir fry. I saute it in coconut oil over a medium heat for about as long as the quinoa cooks so the veggies are nice and soft.

When it’s all cooked mix it together. My husband likes to eat it with soy sauce, I like it as it is.

According to fitwatch.com, if you split this into three servings, it is 354 calories. 
Quinoa and Veggies
Quick, healthy and delicious meal
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup quinoa
  2. 2 cups water
  3. 1 chicken bullion cube
  4. 3 cups frozen veggies
  5. 2 tablespoons cooking oil
Instructions
  1. Place water, quinoa, and bullion cube into a pot and boil according to directions on quinoa packaging.
  2. Meanwhile, saute the vegetables in the oil.
  3. When vegetables and quinoa are fully cooked, mix together and enjoy.
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