Quinoa Squash Pilaf Recipe
- 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
- 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) vegetable broth
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced
- 1 medium yellow summer squash, halved lengthwise and sliced
- 1 cup chopped leeks (white portion only)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 large tomato, chopped
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 cups fresh baby spinach, chopped
- In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, toast the quinoa over medium heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
- In a small saucepan, bring broth and water to a boil. Add quinoa. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
- In a large nonstick skillet, saute the zucchini, yellow squash and leeks in oil until vegetables are tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the tomato, cilantro, seasonings and quinoa; heat through. Add spinach; cook and stir until spinach is wilted. Yield: 8 servings.
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Very good and healthy! Kids did not like it too much, but all the rest loved it. Also I used onion and no leeks.
What a great recipe to use all those fresh farmer's market veggies. And a complete protein! Win-Win. Leave out the red pepper flakes, and chop smaller for kids.
This was very tasty and filling. I did use low sodium chicken broth instead of the vegetable broth, chopped red onion instead of the leeks, and I sprinkled a little parmesan cheese on the top. I thought it would have been good with some motzarella too.
I had never eaten quinoa before. This was the first time I have ever cooked with it. I used an onion instead of leeks. I thought that this recipe is excellent. I will definitely make again.
I made this more into a main entree by adding asparagus to the veggies and instead of fresh tomatos and all the spices (low on time) I added a can of rotel for some kick. I also added cut up cooked chicken. It was awesome and very filling.
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