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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 294.9
  • Total Fat: 13.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 43.8 mg
  • Total Carbs: 38.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 5.4 g
  • Protein: 7.4 g

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Simple Quinoa and Vegetables

Submitted by: CHEF_MEG
Simple Quinoa and Vegetables

Introduction

This protein-rich vegetarian recipe is simple to make and tasty to eat! This protein-rich vegetarian recipe is simple to make and tasty to eat!
Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

    1 c quinoa, rinsed
    2 c water
    4 medium carrots, chopped
    1 zucchini, chopped
    8 spears fresh asparagus, chopped
    1 T rice wine vinegar
    2 T olive oil
    1 t fresh thyme, leaves removed from stem
    black pepper to taste

Directions

Place water in a small covered saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add quinoa and stir. Reduce heat to a simmer and replace lid. Simmer for 11-12 minutes, or until water is absorbed.
Steam the vegetables for 3-4 minutes, either in the microwave or in a small covered pot with 1/2 inch water.

Meanwhile, prepare the vinaigrette. Place the vinegar and thyme in a small bowl, then whisk in the oil. Once the quinoa is cooked, fluff it with a fork.
Place 3/4 cup of quinoa on each plate. Arrange a quarter of the vegetables over the quinoa and top with about 2 teaspoons of the vinaigrette.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Because quinoa is a seed, it contains more fat and calories than a similar volume of rice or another grain.






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  • 214 of 217 people found this review helpful
    It is VERY very very important to rinse the quinoa or it will be bitter! Bob's Red Mill is pre-rinsed and is in most grocery stores - 10/29/09

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  • Very Good
    100 of 109 people found this review helpful
    Quinoa, pronounced "keenwa" is a superfood and tastes really nice. It is quite versatile as you can have it hot or cold. I have it as a salad or hot like rice. Just google
    "nutritional value of Quinoa" it's good stuff. - 10/29/09

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  • 97 of 98 people found this review helpful
    I make my quinoa with veg broth instead of water and I add chopped onion and celery and boil it all together for 15 mins.
    So yummy and sweet. - 7/2/10

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  • 93 of 101 people found this review helpful
    COSTCO now sells glutin/wheat free, Premium, 100% whole grain Quinoa under Earthly Delights label in a 4 lb bag. - 1/14/10

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  • Very Good
    71 of 73 people found this review helpful
    this is smart and yummy...i like to roast my veges in the oven with a little garlic and olive oil. - 10/29/09

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  • Very Good
    61 of 61 people found this review helpful
    I used balsamic vinegar instead of rice wine vinegar and I added an onion. It was really tasty! This was quick and easy to make. The hardest part was not having seconds! - 12/8/09

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  • Incredible!
    46 of 46 people found this review helpful
    I add beans - 10/29/09

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  • Incredible!
    44 of 50 people found this review helpful
    I add it to meat balls, meatloafs or as oatmeal in the morning with milk and raisins. You can mix in figs,apples, carrots, corn, soy beans, broccs, assparagus...any veggie you like, then drizzle with lemon juice. YUMMMMMMM - 2/23/10

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  • Very Good
    41 of 43 people found this review helpful
    I always toast the quinoa before cooking, and have never rinsed it. It doesn't taste bitter, I assume, because of the toasting. It adds a nutty flavor and smells divine while being toasted. I like tha addition of rice wine vinegar and thyme...I'd never tried that with quinoa. Yummy! - 1/6/11

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  • Good
    39 of 41 people found this review helpful
    Have to admit I prefer having quinoa with roast vegetables rather than steamed - doesn't have to be fatty and is slightly more delicious. - 11/24/09

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  • Incredible!
    32 of 32 people found this review helpful
    I didn't have thyme so I jazzed this up a bit with fresh garlic and added mushrooms & sweet red pepper. Was sooo good.... - 7/6/10

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  • Very Good
    29 of 29 people found this review helpful
    Loved this with roasted veggies - red and yellow peppers, and onion. Sprinkled with green onion for garnish. I've made quinoa many times, but just ran across directions to rinse well before cooking (in another recipe). What a difference. Buy pe-rinsed or take the extra step. - 6/23/10

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  • 24 of 25 people found this review helpful
    for people who are having a hard time finding it, please check out Whole Foods or Mustard Seed Market if you have one nearby. You should be also able to buy it (or request them to order it) at any local health food store. hope that's helpful! - 10/29/09

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  • 22 of 23 people found this review helpful
    Thank you for a wonderful gluten free recipe. Quinoa is also higher in protein than rice. This is a wonderful recipe! - 11/24/09

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  • Incredible!
    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
    my whole family is vegetarian, so this recipe is definatly going to be used a lot.It's easy and full of protein - 10/29/09

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  • Very Good
    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
    I love quinoa; so versatile. I use it in place of rice and sometimes pasta. More protein & fiber. Rinse well; cook in low sodium/low fat broth; add veggies of your choice; add meat and/or sauce if desired. For breakfast, boil in water, add a little honey or brown sugar and cinnamon. Top with fruit. - 8/29/10

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  • Very Good
    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
    Great for meatless days. Delicious and good mix of protein and veggies. May add homemade tomato & mint sauce for extra flavour - 10/6/09

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  • Incredible!
    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
    I love quinoa! What I liked about this receipe is rice wine vinegar, which I never used before. - 10/26/09

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  • 15 of 22 people found this review helpful
    I do a similar dish & add some cut up chicken breast, a meal all in one & my Husband likes it too! : ) - 10/29/09

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  • 15 of 22 people found this review helpful
    I plan to make it for lunches. Sounds like its a great way to add fiber, vegetables, and incorporate more meatless meals - 10/29/09

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  • Very Good
    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
    This recipe was tested on 2 Austic (high-functioning)children who have complex diets & are fussy eaters. A dessert dish of homemade applesauce complemented this light and tasty dish for the picky eaters in our family! - 11/24/09

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  • 12 of 15 people found this review helpful
    Haven't tried the recipe yet. I have been looking for one with quinoa. I order mine from Country Life Natural Foods out of Michigan. They have a catalog full of Natural foods. - 2/3/10

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  • Incredible!
    11 of 18 people found this review helpful
    I'm vegetarian and find a lackage of protein so this is really helpful! Expect Sparkpeople to always help in any aspect of healthly living. =D - 11/24/09

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  • 10 of 16 people found this review helpful
    just bought some - Thank you for Gluten - Free recipes. will be making tonight
    Nancy - 11/24/09

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  • Very Good
    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
    I substitue orzo instead of quinoa and it is GREAT! - 7/26/10

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