Hot and Zesty Quinoa Recipe
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Hot and Zesty Quinoa Recipe

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“I created this healthy whole grain side to serve my family instead of potatoes or rice. It’s so easy and has a little kick. Quinoa’s a nurturing grain and a complete protein.” —Sandra Letizia, Providence, Rhode Island
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 2 tablespoons chopped marinated quartered artichoke hearts
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 135 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 361mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1 starch, 1 vegetable 1 fat


  1. In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add quinoa. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from the heat; fluff with a fork.
  2. In a large skillet, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add tomatoes and green chilies. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Stir in quinoa and artichoke; heat through. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: Look for quinoa in the cereal, rice or organic food aisle.
Originally published as Hot and Zesty Quinoa in Healthy Cooking April/May 2011, p51

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Reviewed Jan. 5, 2016

"Really good, I make it alot"

Reviewed Aug. 8, 2015

"I rarely have canned tomatoes with green chiles , so I just get a can of regular or Italian or Mexican diced tomatoes and add a small can of diced green chilies without draining them. I make this often and love it, it is easy to make, and comes out perfect every time."

Reviewed Oct. 26, 2014

"I have made this many times; our family loves it -- tasty with just a little kick. Though it's fine with just 2 tbsp, I use a full jar of artichoke hearts (6 oz). We like quinoa, even better that it's a healthy food!"

Reviewed Jun. 3, 2013

"I didn't have the artichokes on hand and only used 1/2 an onion. Great for a quick lunch."

Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

"Very good. Even better if you throw a jalapeno in."

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