vegetable quinoa

We love quinoa!  It was one of those grains that we had never tried before, but had read a lot about.  Once we bought some from the bins at our grocery store, and tried it for the first time, we were hooked!  It is super easy to cook, and pairs well with any type of vegetable you could imagine.

Tonight, we picked up a few veggies for our Vegetable Quinoa: peppers, onion and broccoli.  We liked our stuffed peppers so much last week, that we tried to make up something similar.  They ended up having similar ingredients, but definitely tasted different!

Vegetable Quinoa

serves 4 (or 2.5 for us 🙂 )

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 red pepper (really, any color will do)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup toasted pistachios
  • 1/4 cup feta (or more if you like it cheesier)!
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots (I prefer them without sugar)
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup water

Directions:

– Heat the olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat.

– Chop up the onion, pepper and broccoli into bite size pieces and add to the pan, along with the garlic and thyme.

We added the ingredients as we chopped!

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garlic, onion and pepper

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broccoli and thyme added

– Cook for approximately 4 – 5 minutes, or until onion is tender.

– Meanwhile, toast the pistachios (we used our toaster oven).

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shelled pistachios (much easier to work with!)

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toasting!

– Once the onion is tender, add the quinoa and cook until a little browned to combine the flavors.

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rinsed quinoa

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'toasted' quinoa

– Once browned, add 1 cup of water.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10-12 minutes, or until tender.

– You will know that quinoa is tender, when the little curly-cues come out!

– Once cooked, add pistachios, feta cheese and diced apricots.

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feta cheese

– ENJOY!

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Vegetable Quinoa ready to eat!

This recipe turned out delicious.  It was very flavorful and the cheese became a little gooey.  We served this dish with some warm french bread and white wine!

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Sustainable White Wine

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served in a fancy glass!

Sustainable White has crisp, clean aromas and flavors of citrus and tropical fruit.  

This was a new white wine that we tried.  It is made through a completely sustainable winery in Mendocino Country, CA.  It was great!  The one that we tried was a refreshing blend of sustainably grown Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat Canelli, Tokai, and Viognier grapes from Mendocino County.  Below are the perks of the sustainable winery written on the bottle:

– locally owned and operated

-grapes from family farms

-sustainable farming practices

-100% green power

-earth friendly packaging

-1st US carbon neutral winery

I checked out their website in order to find out some more about this winery since I love the idea of drinking sustainable wine.  Their main goal is to have a respect for the environment and to help local farmers.  I love everything about it!!  I can’t wait to try their other varieties.

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