Naturally gluten-free and high in protein, quinoa is one of the most popular health foods. It’s rich in essential vitamins, minerals and much higher in fiber than most grains. Beside being nutritious, quinoa is versatile, easy to prepare and can be quite delicious too!
Fluffy cooked quinoa with vegetables is the perfect side dish for a quick and healthy dinner. It comes together in just 30 minutes. You can also make a big batch of it for meal-prep for the whole week! It’s perfect to serve with grilled chicken or fish.
It’s best to rinse quinoa well before cooking. Rinsing it removes quinoa’s natural coating, which can taste a little bitter. Simply place the quinoa in a mesh sifter and rinse under running water. This way quinoa will cook softer and taste much better!
For vegetables, I used onion, carrots and kale. You can swap these out for whatever you have on hand! Bell pepper, asparagus, zucchini or anything you’d like! Quinoa is very adaptable and takes on the other flavors in your dish very well.
This hearty and flavorful warm quinoa side dish is made with onion, carrots, kale and garnished with fresh parsley. Healthy, plant-based and gluten-free!
- 2 tbsp. oil
- 1 c. uncooked quinoa
- 1/2 c. chopped red onion, chopped
- 2 small carrots, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 c. vegetable broth
- 1 bay leave
- 1 c. kale, chopped
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp. salt or more to taste
- black pepper
- handful fresh parsley to garnish, chopped
Rinse your quinoa under cold running water until water runs clear. Drain using a mesh strainer.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat until the oil is hot. Add onion and carrots. Cover with a lid, lower the heat to medium-low and cook about 10 minutes, stirring frequently until soft.
Add the garlic, quinoa, vegetable stock, 1/2 tsp. tsp. salt, pepper and bay leave.
Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a low simmer and cook until quinoa absorbs all of the water and is tender (about 15-20 minutes). Remember to stir occasionally. Stir in chopped kale and remove bay leave.
Remove from the heat, allow to rest a few minutes and then stir in the lemon juice and parsley. Serve as a side dish.
Pleasant Hill Grain products I used for this recipe...