Quinoa with roasted veggies

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Quinoa, often referred to as “a vegetable caviar” or “rice of the Inca Empire” is a very unique seed due to it being high in protein, fiber and minerals while being completely gluten free. It’s super healthy, fluffy, tasty and highly versatile. It’s also a bit difficult to pronounce: “KEEN-WAH”. I love saying that. Keen-wah.

Now that you know just how amazing and healthy quinoa is, it’s time to incorporate it into your diet. Not being much of a meat-eater, I always look for new ways to get in some of that protein in mah belly. What’s great about quinoa is that you can have it with anything, fruit or veggies, you can serve it as a side dish, or as a main course. One of my favorite ways to have quinoa is with lots and lots of veggies. Surprise, surprise. I love, love, love my veggies.

quinoa and veggies

Ingredients:

2 cups of white quinoa
sea salt
olive oil
1 red bell pepper, cubed
1 yellow bell pepper, cubed
1 green bell pepper, cubed
a bunch of asparagus, cut
2 small red onions, cubed
2 yellow squashes, cubed
3 cloves of garlic, sliced into thick pieces

Dressing:

1 lemon, juiced
1/3 cup of olive oil
powdered garlic
sea salt
pepper
small bunch of chives, chopped

To prepare the quinoa you need to first rinse it in a sieve under cold water until it runs clear. This a very important step, even if the package reads “rinsed” or “washed”. Quinoa has natural coating called saponin that can make it taste a bit bitter or even soap-like. Once your quinoa is washed and ready to be cooked, bring it to a boil in a covered pot filled with 3 cups of water and some salt  (1.5 cups of water per each cup of quinoa, you can also use chicken or vegetable broth instead of water-it will make your quinoa even more delicious), then lower the heat and simmer, covered, for 10-15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let it sit for 5 minutes. Uncover and fluff with fork.

While your quinoa is cooking, preheat the oven to 450F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place all your cubed veggies in a large bowl, add a bit of sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper, add about 2-3 TBS of olive oil and mix well. Place the veggies in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 to 30 minutes, turning them over a few times so that they roast evenly.

To prepare the dressing, combine all of the ingredients together, feel free to add some of your favorite spices to it as well. I actually added some dijon honey mustard and it came out great.

quinoa dinner recipe

 Once both your veggies and your quinoa are ready, combine them and pour the dressing over it, while mixing. Serve with additional lemon wedges.

This is so delicious you guys, you really need to give it a try. Even though I only used two cups of quinoa, I ended up with enough food for the rest of the week (and it’s only Tuesday!), so feel free to half the ingredients. This is great both warm and cold, you can have it for dinner, or lunch- I know that I’ll be taking some of this to work with me tomorrow :D . One thing that I have to say is that if your diet is lacking some of that fiber, you need to be careful. Because quinoa is so very rich in fiber, when consumed in large quantities it can give you the runs cause some minor digestive issues.

roasted veggies and quinoa recipe

Keen-wah!! (Sorry, I had to. Doesn’t it sound like a foreign language “goodbye” or “hello”? Really reminds of me Chinese “hello” which is pronounced “Nee-ha-OW”). God, I’m weird.

  • Yum! I just got some quinoa the other day and didn’t know what to put with it, can’t wait to try this :)

    • Yay, let me know how it comes out! ;)

  • It does look soooo delicious! And I was totally saying Quinoa wrong in my head. Haha. Keen-wah…need to remember that! I’ll feel really stupid when I go to buy some and ask for the kwen-oh-ah! I love how healthy it is. I could use more good foods in my life. :)

    • Hahaha it’s so funny isn’t it? :D Thanks so much Christina!

  • This looks so delicious! Keen wah, such an odd way to say it compared to the spelling! I always say kwu-no-ah haha! I’m trying to eat healthily without compromising on taste so will definitely try this :)

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

    • Thanks so much India! Haha, that’s exactly how I was pronouncing it at the beginning too! :) :)

  • I really want to try quinoa but it is a bit intimidating! Is it a bit like cous cous? I’m not the best at cooking grains but think I need to give it a go! xx

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

    • Yes Jasmin! It’s very similar to couscous, just a bit more fluffy, it’s really easy to cook. I like to make big batches and keep extra in the fridge, so I can just mix it with some fruit or something else for a quick snack :) Let me know if you decide to try it, it’s really tasty :)

  • This looks so delicious, I love Quinoa. ;-)
    Lovely greets…

  • Finally I know how to pronounce it :P Yup I was totally saying it with a ‘Q’ ;)
    This recipe looks gorgeous, I absolutely love asparagus and the addition of onions, sea salt and lemons just takes that gorgeous-ness to the next level :D The dijon honey mustard sounds ah-maze-ing too! Adore as always how you are so creative Paula in that you add so many touches that make the recipe original and lust-worthy. Queen of divine strikes back for the (millionth) sequel ;) <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

    • So was I at first hahaha, finally someone corrected me at a store once when I was buying it lol ;) Thanks so much Love!

  • I love quinoa and I love it when people try to pronounce it and get it wrong, ha.

    Corinne x

  • Oh wow! This looks super tasty! I will definatly be testing this recipe out :D
    Ellie,xx
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