Quinoa Squash Pilaf
Total TimePrep: 30 min. Cook: 20 min.
- 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.
Editor's NoteLook for quinoa in the cereal, rice or organic food aisle.
Nutrition Facts3/4 cup: 126 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 377mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.
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Dec 26, 2017
Not a show-stopper, but basic and healthy, and the flavor/textures are good. I agree with some others that I think it could use more seasoning, but we'll probably try it again when looking for a healthier recipe.
Oct 18, 2016
This was good. Would have loved to use leeks but substituted onion since that's what I had on hand. I thought it tasted a little bland and could've used a little more seasoning, but overall liked it and will make it again
Jan 14, 2016
Amazing recipe! Very healthy! Made it a couple of times already and everybody loved it. I used onion instead of leek.
Jan 20, 2014
Tasty quinoa. I used onion because I didn't have leek. It was very good without the spinach but might try it with the spinach next time.
Jul 28, 2011
Very good and healthy! Kids did not like it too much, but all the rest loved it. Also I used onion and no leeks.
May 16, 2011
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.
May 11, 2011
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.
May 10, 2011
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.
May 4, 2011
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.
Nov 7, 2010
I used onion; no leeks in the grocery store this week. Very good! I like the little kick from the chili and red pepper flakes.