Monday, August 01, 2011

Meatless Monday: 4 Quick Quinoa Dishes for Your Busy Week

Meatless Monday is a nonprofit initiative of The Monday Campaigns. Their goal is to help reduce meat consumption by 15% to improve personal and planetary health.  Each week I share meatless recipes I've tried from cookbooks and online.  You can see past Meatless Monday posts here.

Last week flew by without much time for cooking, so I leaned on quinoa for quick and healthy one-pot dishes. It only takes about 15 minutes to cook a cup of quinoa, and it's full of protein (see Quinoa: A Protein-Packed Alternative to Grains on

One night I mixed all the odds and ends in the fridge and cupboards (garbanzos, avocado, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, hard-boiled egg) into the quinoa with some vinaigrette. I like the Barefoot Contessa's vinaigrette recipe.

The next night there wasn't quite as much to choose from in the fridge, and I only had a little left in two boxes of quinoa (one red and one white) so I cooked them together and added some garbanzos, a tomato, olive oil, salt and pepper.  It was still yummy (:

If you have a little more time, the Quinoa Puttanesca recipe from Appetite for Reduction really doesn't take long, and is delish. You can view it on Post Punk Kitchen.

The Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Mango from Veganomicon is another good one. You can view the recipe in the Portland Mercury article, "Vegan with a Vegeance: America's Favorite Vegan Cookbook Writer Now Calls Portland Home."

What are some of your favorite quinoa recipes?

All photos by me (:

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  1. I like to use quinoa to make my own "Chipotle bowl" similar to what they make at Chipotle with rice. I just use quinoa and then pile on all the goodies, like black beans, cooked onions and bell peppers, avocado, tomatoes and/or pico. And then I love to squeeze a little lime on top!

  2. Ooooh! I haven't mixed quinoa with black beans, salsa, etc. Sounds delish. Good idea!

  3. megan9:00 PM

    I love this Curried Chickpeas and Quinoa from FatFree Vegan. So simple & delish:

  4. Yum, that looks good, Megan. Thanks for sharing!


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