Another recipe successfully cooking quinoa!
I had been trying to think of something different to bring to work. I was so tired of bringing salads, and your standard cold foods (we can not microwave foods at work–so I eat a lot of cold things). So, I came up with a quinoa recipe that includes a lot of vegetables because I try to get in veggies before it is dinner time!
You can make this recipe hot or cold. I ate it hot the first time I made it. Then, I brought it cold to work, and added a little extra dressing to make it more like a salad.
Quinoa Vegetable Salad
I made this in more of a bulk amount so it would last more days during the week. Makes about 10 or more servings.
- Use 1.5 cups water for every 1 cup quinoa. I used about 2 cups of quinoa and 5 cups liquid. I used half chicken stock as the liquid to add more flavor. **Make sure to rinse the dry quinoa thoroughly in a colander before cooking.
- Cook quinoa like you cook rice: covered and simmering for about 15 minutes until most all liquid absorbed.
- In a large saute pan, saute 1 chopped onion, and 1 pint sliced mushrooms with 1 Tbsp. olive oil.
- Separately, steam 1 very large or 2 medium heads of broccoli (after it has been cut from the stems of course).
- Add 1 large sliced orange pepper, 2 large sliced zucchinis, 3 small summer squash (sliced), and 1 can of sliced baby corn to the saute pan. You may add an extra Tbsp. of oil if needed. Additionally, I added a few sun dried tomatoes and handful of pine nuts since I happened to have them in the fridge.
- Season the vegetable mixture with Mrs. Dash tomato basil seasoning, fresh garlic, basil or parsley, and salt and pepper.
- When finished, combine the veggies with the quinoa, and add about 1/4-1/2 cup of parmesan cheese, 3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar, and 1 Tbsp. of olive oil. Taste test for flavor.
That’s about it! This dish is a little more steps and ingredients, but that is why I made it much larger so it would last for a few meals. I brought about 2 cups to work, and eat it cold. I add a very small amount of Italian dressing when I eat it cold. Mr. Cyclist likes to eat it hot and add a chicken sausage.