Crazy Quinoa with Roasted Veggies

AmberDairy-Free, Main, Soup, Salad, Sides, Vegan Friendly, Vegetarian Friendly6 Comments

Last Sunday, I made this dish to take to a Seahawks game. It’s one of my favorites! I call it CRAZY Quinoa because it’s spelled QUNIOA but pronounced KEENWA. Crazy! I hope you like it too. To the kids watching – this requires more chopping than most of the other recipes I share, so make sure you ask an adult to help you if you need!

I hope you like it! Go Hawks!

Crazy Quinoa with Roasted Veggies
I call it CRAZY Quinoa because it's spelled QUNIOA but pronounced KEENWA. Crazy! I really really love this dish. It's got such good flavor! This goes well with grilled steak or grilled portobello mushroom...or by itself! My mom and I eat all the leftovers the next day. πŸ˜€ I hope you like it!
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Roasted Veggies & Quinoa
  1. 3-4 cups of quiona cooked in chicken broth or vegetable broth, still warm
  2. 1 small eggplant peeled and 3/4-inch diced
  3. 1 red bell pepper 1-inch diced
  4. 1 yellow bell pepper 1-inch diced
  5. 1 red onion peeled and 1-inch diced
  6. 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  7. about β…“ cup grapeseed oil
  8. 1 Β½ teaspoons kosher salt
  9. Β½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Dressing
  1. β…“ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  2. β…“ cup good olive oil
  3. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  4. Β½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
To Assemble
  1. 4 scallions, minced
  2. ΒΌ cup pine nuts, toasted
  3. 15 fresh basil leaves cut into julienne, plus a few more for garnish
  4. β…“ cup feta cheese, for sprinkling on top (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Toss the eggplant, bell peppers, onion, and garlic with the oil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Pour onto a large sheet pan, using two if needed so the vegetables are not crowded. Roast for 20-40 minutes, until brown on the edges, turning once with a spatula.
  3. For the dressing, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  4. Mix together the vegetables, quinoa, and dressing.
  5. Before serving, add the scallions, pine nuts, and basil. Check the seasonings. Serve at room temperature with the feta on the side as an optional topping.
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6 Comments on “Crazy Quinoa with Roasted Veggies”

  1. Hey Amber!
    I noticed that you always get a little teary whenever your around onions…..
    Believe it or not I have a solution!
    My language arts teacher told me…
    Don’t talk… Zip ur mouth close, just as long as u keep ur mouth shut ur okay,
    Why don’t you try it out!?
    Hope it helped! Also when you try this in your next episode with onions, say: “Okay guys I’m gonna stop talking for a few seconds when I cut this onion because its supposed to help you not cry.”
    Just keep your mouth shut and don’t breathe through your mouth … Breathe through your nose:-) hope this helped!!!!
    (Also this is not fake) (if it doesn’t work on you its normal for the method to work for some people)
    -alex

    1. Hi Alex! Thanks for your comment! You are right, I am always crying with onions πŸ˜€ I’ll try the not-talking thing to see what happens! Thanks for watching!

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