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Confetti Quinoa

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


4 servings

If you have never tried quinoa, start with my easy side, brimming with colorful veggies. I serve it with orange-glazed chicken. —Kim Ciepluch, Kenosha, Wisconsin
Confetti Quinoa Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh broccoli
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped zucchini
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add the next 5 ingredients. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until liquid is absorbed, 12-15 minutes.
  2. Stir in lemon juice and oil. Remove from heat; fluff with a fork.

Nutrition Facts

2/3 cup: 196 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 307mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 4g fiber), 7g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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  • Gail
    May 25, 2020

    I took the suggestions of adding half broth and half water, and added veg with a few minutes left. This came out delicious! i think that the addition of lemon at the end brightens this dish up perfectly! This one's a keeper!

  • BoosBug
    Oct 16, 2017

    This was ok. I took another reviewers advice and used veg stock in place of water. Omit salt. Don't understand the lemon. Added a strange flavor. As far as the veggies NOT put in until last 5 minutes of simmer unless you want unformable, mushy veggies with 0 nutritional content.

  • Apodder
    Oct 12, 2017

    Only thing I would add is to replace half or all of the water with broth to give it some extra flavor.

  • Remenec
    Dec 9, 2016

    Very delicious recipe! I usually find quinoa a little plain, but this certainly jazzed it up for me! I loved the veggies and the seasonings. Will definitely make this again!