Many people are health-conscious nowadays and are mindful of how many carbs they take in. Because there is more awareness of healthy carbs vs. unhealthy carbs or complex carbs vs. simple carbs, fewer people are carb-phobic than before. Therefore, more people are open to eating bread, pasta, and crackers that are whole-grain and are more likely to eat brown or wild rice instead of white rice.
Another grain that people gravitate towards for health reasons is quinoa. Quinoa is a plant food rich in protein, antioxidants, B vitamins, Vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorous, calcium, and fiber. Health-conscious people want to learn about recipes that involve quinoa and vegetables. Let’s go over some of those recipes now so you can stick to your health regimen as you enjoy your meals at the same time.
A Simple Quinoa With Veggies Recipe
If you want to make simple veggies with a quinoa recipe that is filling, nutritious, and easy to cook, then there is one that you will love. First, you will need to go to the grocery store to buy the following ingredients:
- One cup of quinoa
- One chopped bell pepper
- Two chopped green onions
- Three minced cloves of garlic
- Three tablespoons of olive oil
- One-half cup of corn kernels
- One-half of a teaspoon of cumin
- One teaspoon of dried oregano
- One pinch of salt
- A sprinkle of salt and pepper
- Three cups of water
You obviously do not need to go to the grocery store to get water. Now, you need to take a saucepan and pour in the water, the quinoa, and the pinch of salt into it. Then bring the water to a boil until it is boiling, then you will want to reduce the heat to medium-low. Then keep the top covered and allow it to simmer until the quinoa is soft, which will take about 20 minutes. After completion, drain the quinoa into a mesh drainer and keep it on the counter. You still need your saucepan.
Pour the olive oil into the saucepan and put it at a medium-heat temperature. Then add the garlic and stir it until it becomes tender, which will take about two minutes. Then add the corn and red pepper, cook it, and stir it until it becomes tender, taking about five minutes. Next, add the salt, pepper, cumin, and oregano and stir it well for one minute. Then add the chopped onions and stir it well into the quinoa, and then you can serve and enjoy!
Vegetable Quinoa Pilaf
Do you want to try a tasty quinoa vegetable recipe that is easy to make? You will love the one I will share with you, and your family will work as well. So let’s head to the supermarket and get the following items to make this delicious dish:
- One medium chopped eggplant
- Two medium chopped red capsicums
- Four thinly sliced green onions
- Two cups of quinoa
- Four cups of vegetable broth
- Two medium chopped zucchini
- Olive oil cooking spray
- Two tablespoons of fresh oregano leaves
- One-third cup of lemon juice
- Fresh oregano leaves for serving
Take a large saucepan, pour in the vegetable broth and the quinoa, place it on the stove, and put it on a medium-high heat setting. Once it is boiling, put the heat on a low setting, cover the pan, and keep it covered for ten minutes. You will want to stir it sometimes until the quinoa is soft. Then set it aside and then take another heavy saucepan and spray it with the olive oil spray. Next, throw in the capsicums and eggplant and put it in a high-heat setting. Cover it and cook it for 15 minutes and then add the oregano, onion, and zucchini. Be sure to stir it around until the zucchini is soft, which will take about five minutes. After that, add the lemon juice, and you can add the oregano leaves after completion. Then enjoy it.
Crockpot Quinoa And Vegetables
If you have a crockpot, then you will love this quinoa and vegetable recipe. It is so easy to make that you can set it up before you head to work as it will be ready by the time you come back home. That is a major advantage of having a crockpot. The ingredients you will need are:
- Three cups of vegetable broth
- One chopped carrot
- One small chopped onion
- One medium chopped sweet red pepper
- One cup of freshly chopped green beans
- One and a half cups of quinoa
- Two minced garlic cloves
- One teaspoon of basil or cilantro
- One tablespoon of olive oil
- One-quarter teaspoon of pepper
- Other spices to taste such as salt, seasoned salt, or garlic powder, for example
The first thing to do is to rinse the quinoa and put it into the crockpot. The next step is to coat the crockpot with olive oil and then add the red pepper, onion, green beans, carrot, basil, garlic, pepper and cover it. If you want to cook it on high, it will take anywhere from two to four hours, but it will take anywhere from four to six hours if you want to cook it low. The only way you will know if the quinoa is cooked is by fluffing it with a fork, and there should not be any liquid left. Finally, add the basil and cilantro to it, and then you have dinner!
If you want to incorporate quinoa into your diet, you can now do that by following these three recipes in the article. You can also find many other recipes involving quinoa and vegetables‘ through other sources, and you can try these recipes with different spices. You will gain so many health benefits by incorporating quinoa and more vegetables into your diet as those are all superfoods, and they are also quite delicious together. Adding the right spices will help improve the flavor as well, so neither is bland. Finally, you can serve these dishes to your family and guests you plan to have over for dinner.