Quinoa with Oven Roasted Vegetables

Who says healthy isn’t flavorful? Well that was me a few years back. I was skeptical of “healthy” until I lived with a roommate (Elle) who lives and eats healthy. I credit her for introducing me to organic and alternative ways to enjoy good food. She knew I was big, big, big on rice. It comes with the territory — being Filipino and being used to eating rice with every meal, it’s hard to go without it. She suggested eating quinoa seeds to replace rice grains in my diet, to which I politely obliged and ended up loving it!

Oven Roasted Veggies with Quinoa

According to Wikipedia, quinoa has a high protein content within the range of 12% to 18%, and unlike wheat and rice, it contains a balanced set of essential amino acids, making it an unusually complete food. It’s a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron. Quinoa is also gluten-free and considered easy to digest. How’s that for a healthy addition to your meals?

Oven Roasted Veggies with Quinoa

I cook quinoa every now and then, ‘sneaking’ it into our meals to make them healthier. This time, we just had it with veggies. I just roasted vegetables, taking a few things that seem ordinary on their own. They added up to a really nice flavor with every bite. You get some crunchiness from the broccoli, and a bit of ‘meatiness’ from the mushrooms. This colorful roasted mixture went on top of quinoa tossed in 1/4 tsp garlic powder for a delicious, healthy, filling, and beautiful dinner. It would be great with some meat or whatever you like, but it’s great and satisfying on its own already.

Here’s a sneak peak of the cooking process:

QUINOA WITH OVEN ROASTED VEGETABLES

Yields 2 to 3 servingsDownload the PDF recipe for Quinoa with Oven Roasted Vegetables

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, seeds removed, sliced into 1/4″ strips
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, seeds removed, sliced sliced into 1/4″ strips
  • 6 button mushrooms, sliced into quarters
  • 6 baby carrots, sliced into quarters
  • 1 package (a handful) of broccolini
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • kosher salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, cooked in 2 cups of water and 1/2 tbsp of butter
  • extra virgin olive oil

Preparation:

  1. Set your oven to “Broil”.
  2. Put the bell pepper strips in an oven-safe pan. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and fresh ground pepper. Toss them together so the strips are coated with oil. Place in the oven and broil for 5 minutes.
  3. Take the pan out of the oven. Add the mushrooms and carrots. Add more olive oil and toss. Broil for 2 minutes. Remove from the oven and add the rest of the other vegetables. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss. Broil for 2 minutes. Remove from the oven and toss again.
  4. In a big bowl, toss the cooked quinoa with garlic powder.
  5. Place quinoa on a serving plate and top with the roasted vegetables. Enjoy your healthy dinner!

Tips for Cooking Quinoa:

  1. Rinse it thoroughly in warm to hot water, at least 3 times to get rid of the bitter flavor/stuff/coating.
  2. Add half a tablespoon of ‘butter’ (we use Earth Balance Buttery Spread) for every cup of quinoa.
  3. Cook using one part quinoa to two parts water. You can use a rice cooker to cook it, but remove it from the heat once the indicator shows it is cooked, then toss with a fork to keep it from burning. Leave it uncovered for 5 minutes to let the remaining liquid evaporate.

8 Responses to “Quinoa with Oven Roasted Vegetables”

  1. Ben says:

    I have yet to try quinoa. I’ve read about it all over the internet, but I every time I do my grocery shopping I forget about it. Weren’t we talking about making grocery shopping lists a couple of weeks ago? Hehehe

    That dish looks so healthy and delicious. Yummy!

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  2. It looks healthy and delicious, Joy – perfect to me!

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  3. Farida says:

    This looks delicious, healthy and unique! I never tried quinoa in my life, and not sure if it sells in grocery stores in California. Maybe it does, it’s just I never knew what it was:) I’ll check out. Thanks for the recipe! I will print it to add to my To Cook pile:)

  4. I love quinoa. It was a really great when I was nursing – a nutritious and mild food for both me and my little one. I’d highly recommend it!

    I’ll probably hold off of this recipe until I get to the farmers market, but am looking forward to trying it!

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  5. Rowdy says:

    I should probably cook healthy every once and a while. Quinoa could make it a more exciting process.

    I am thinking of cooking several of Morimoto’s dishes, partly for health reasons.

    Your dishes look fantastic as always.

    In the words of Chef Pepin, “Happy Cooking.”

    Cheers

  6. joy says:

    Ben — I hope you give it a try. :-) And thanks, it was both. :)

    Patricia — Thanks!

    Farida — I’m sure they sell it in California. Trust me, if they sell it here, they should have it there. They come in boxes or in bulk. Hope you get to try them soon!

    moneyloveandchange — Oh yeah, definitely something great to prepare from fresh goods from the farmers market. I suggest just buy the vegetables you love and use those.

    Rowdy — Haha….yup, take some of those guilt once in a while. I love quinoa because it cooks so much faster than rice, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s so healthy. Now that you mentioned him, I’ve never checked any of his dishes (unbelievable, eh?) but you got my interest piqued! Thank you. :) Happy cooking to you, too.

  7. Nico says:

    Lovely dish! :o)

    Yesterday I was stunned when I saw that recipe in your last post. I thought like, wow, that’s really not that healthy… ! I used to eat quinoa quite often, but haven’t done so for a while now.

    But anyway, I’ll definitely come back again to see what else you got in store at gourmeted.com :)

    I’d also like to thank you for visiting my blog earlier!! I really appreciate it :o)

    Greetings,

    Nico

  8. Cierrajohns1 says:

    This looks really healthy and I will be sure to try it.

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