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Vegetable Quinoa

“My family really enjoys this hearty dish,” writes Kate Selner from her home in Lino Lakes, Minnesota. “It makes a delicious side with grilled chicken or a filling main course when served with a salad or extra vegetable.”
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 small carrot, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh broccoli
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • In a small nonstick saucepan coated with cooking spray, toast quinoa over medium heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Add broth and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 12-15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
  • Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, saute onion in oil for 2 minutes. Add the red pepper, carrot, broccoli and garlic; saute 3 minutes longer. Add basil and pepper; cook and stir just until vegetables are tender. Stir in quinoa; heat through.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 221 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 288mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 8g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.
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  • tzander
    Jan 31, 2016

    This was the first time I've ever cooked quinoa, so I followed the recipe exactly. It was delicious! This recipe is definitely a keeper.Note: for me, the quinoa took a lot longer to get absorbed than the recipe stated.

  • haileyscomet507
    Jan 15, 2016

    I am always looking for new recipes with quinoa and/or vegetables. I was hesitant because there wasn't a picture but mine too out great! I think I used too much oil for sauting the onions because I can taste it. My husband who is Mexican and likes his salt, added more salt on his and he had no other complaints. I would make this again as this is jam packed with veggies. He can be a picky eater when I try new recipes but if HE likes it, it is a winner! I did not change a thing about the recipe and ate this with a salad.

  • JulieS211
    Oct 6, 2015

    This is an easy, tasty, attractive dish! I have read that a key to good-tasting quinoa is to rinse it two or three times before preparing. I rinsed until the grain smelled clean, then drained thoroughly and went on with recipe. This will be a frequent side dish at our house. I think I'll switch out various veggies depending on the main dish I'm pairing it with.

  • spronovo
    Jan 30, 2012

    I've made this recipe a couple times now. It's a great side dish with lots of flavour.

  • thudspeth
    Oct 31, 2011

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  • jalbarella
    Mar 11, 2010

    Colorful and very tasty, a great sidedish!