Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Quinoa Vegetable Medley

I have found a new love. One that I seriously cannot stop eating..

I have always been curious of Quinoa but have never ventured out in trying it. I decided, when at the store the other day, to pick some up and give it a try. I read about how to cook it, and wanted to throw a simple recipe together to see if I liked it or not. I ended up loving it, so much in fact, that I decided to share it with you today :)

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1/2 c Quinoa
1/3 Red Bell Pepper
1/3 Green Bell Pepper
1/3 Yellow Bell Pepper
1 Small Handful Baby Spinach
4-6 Asparagus
4-5 Cauliflower Heads
Olive Oil

You see feta cheese pictured here, but I didn't use it.

First thing first, rinse your veggies. Even if you get them from an organic store like I did, you never know. Also, always make sure to rinse your quinoa or it will have a bitter taste.

Quinoa is a grain, so it cooks very similar to rice (brown rice to be exact!). Being in Hawaii, rice is pretty much an additive to any meal. We have a rice cooker, so I used that to cook the quinoa. I used a whole cup of water to 1/2 cup of quinoa. 

While the quinoa is cooking, start on the veggies. Chop the peppers, cauliflower, and asparagus. Throw it in a strainer with the spinach to rinse. Put desired amount of oil in small skillet and turn the heat onto medium. Once veggies are rinsed and dried, put into warm skillet to start cooking, leave spinach aside. Season to taste.

After veggies have cooked to a mild tenderness, add in spinach. Cover to steam. 

I like my veggies to be tender but not falling apart. I slow cooked everything on low-medium heat. When everything was ready to be mixed together, they looked a little something like this..

Add the veggie medley to the quinoa, mix together and enjoy! :)

Simple, eh? Super healthy, and very easy to make. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did :)


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Ashley @ ladyacray.blogspot.com said...

I love quinoa! Especially for recipes like this when you want veggies but need something else with them. Oh and we get our quinoa from costco and it's pre-rinsed so saves some time!

Dara said...

I like quinoa a lot. I have to start cooking it again!

Areeba said...

I've never eaten it. It looks yummy with so many veggies! I would go for it :)
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jackie jade said...

this recipe sounds easy and super tasty (2 important things to me). i need to try quinoa again - i wasn't a fan the last time i tried it. but i also have a rice cooker, so this would be perfect!
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Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes} said...

Your food always looks amazing!

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Kristine -Heart Shaped Sweat said...

yum! yum! I wish I had a rice cooker that sounds a bit easier than stovetop for quinoa. I'm def adding spinach to my next batch, that looks so good! Do you like cilantro? I add it to my veggie quinoa, it gives a random/fresh kick to some bites!

Ashleigh Swerdfeger said...

That looks so good! I really like quinoa but it is so important to make sure it is rinsed! :) I need to try this recipe. It looks amazing!