Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Quinoa Squash Pilaf

If you have not tried quinoa yet, this is the {vegan friendly} dish to start with! Full of flavor and nutritious ingredients, this recipe is sure to be a new favorite! 

{Note: Look for quinoa in the cereal, rice or organic food aisle of your grocery store}


{1} cup quinoa
{1} 14.5 oz can vegetable broth
{1/4} cup water
{1} large zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced
{2} medium yellow summer squash, halved lengthwise and sliced
{3} garlic cloves, minced
{1} tbl minced fresh cilantro
{1/2} tsp salt
{1/2} tsp dried oregano
{1/2} tsp ground cumin
{1/2} tsp chili powder
{1/4} tsp pepper
{1/8} tsp crushed red pepper flakes
{2} cups fresh baby spinach, chopped
{1} 15 oz can black beans


In a small saucepan, bring broth and water to a boil. Add quinoa. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. 

In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, saute the zucchini, and yellow squash in spray until vegetables are tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in black beans, cilantro, seasonings and quinoa; heat through. Add spinach; cook and stir until spinach is wilted. 

Yield: 8 servings.



  1. Sounds like a nice, healthy dinner! Thanks!

  2. I love all your recipes!! I will definitely have to try this one out!
    I haven't tried quinoa yet but I have seen it everywhere lately. No time like the present.

  3. Ooh I love quinoa but always just kind of throw stuff together. Definitely book marking this recipe. See ya tonight!!!

  4. yummm that looks so good!!! you're making me hungry :)

  5. This is too funny! I actually had this last night at my birthday dinner! So yummy and good for you too! Thanks for the recipe girl!

  6. I have seen quinoa everywhere! So I bought it a while ago, but never know what to do with it. I am going to have to make this!

  7. Yummy! Sounds like a great summer dinner!

  8. amazing post :)
    your blog is awesome!

  9. I love it but have yet to make it on my own.
    I saw a recipe for the mac n' cheese that i'm dying to make!
    Add it to my list!
    I'm one of the people going to the happy hour tonight so I thought I would stop by and say hi :-)

  10. this recipe is going in the book. this looks sooooo good.


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