I really have wanted to eat more quinoa. A lot has been written about the health benefits of this grain. A chart highlighting the facts about quinoa can be found from this link – Self Nutrition Data. This link to Eating Well also provides some really good details about quinoa. What I like most about quinoa is it is pretty neutral. You can add whatever flavor you like for the quinoa to absorb. It also serves as a great side, compliment to your main course. So this vegetable quinoa recipe was simply prepared with peppers, tomatoes and garlic added .
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 1/2 cups of water
- 1 tbsp canola oil
- 1/4 each green, yellow & orange pepper
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 2 tbsp mild harissa sauce
- 8 – 10 grape tomatoes, halved
- salt & pepper to taste
Bring the pot of water to a boil. Drop in the quinoa and cook for 10 minutes or so. All the water will be absorbed. In a sauté pan, add the oil and heat on medium high heat. Add the onion and cook until soft, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Now add the peppers, harissa and cook for 2 minutes.
Lower to low heat. Season with salt and pepper and add the tomatoes. Pour the quinoa into the vegetables. Stir well and let the flavors mix for a couple of minutes.
Serve and enjoy!