March 26, 2014

Vegetable Quinoa (with recipe)

The Sprout lunches I used to get for W had lots of grains and veggies in them. Most had quinoa and so when I searched for meal ideas and stumbled across a crock pot meal that was quinoa and veggies I was thrilled. Quick, easy and super insanely healthy.

I found this one on Pinterest as well. There is an awesome board of just slow cooker/crock pot meals so it is a go to place for me as I try new things.

Here is the recipe:

Doesn't it look good?

 1½ cups Quinoa
 3 Cups Chicken or Vegetable Stock
 1 small onion, chopped
 1 tablespoon olive oil
 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
 1 small carrot, chopped
 1 Cup Fresh Green Beans chopped
 2 garlic cloves, minced
 1 teaspoon fresh cilantro or basil (depending on your taste)
¼ teaspoon pepper

 Rinse Quinoa Dump it into the crock pot. (I used 6 quart) Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to coat. Stir in broth, veggies, pepper and garlic. Reserve cilantro for before serving. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours, or on high for 2-4. The quinoa is done when you can fluff it with a fork and it is tender. Liquid should be absorbed into quinoa. Top with fresh cilantro and serve. You can mix in garbanzo beans or black beans to add protein to this dish and turn it into a meal

We debated about adding some chicken to it to make it a full meal for us and W. Anything that makes dinner quick, easy and healthy. But I like to make any new dish exactly per the recipe and then see what I think.

And I thought it was awful. I learned a good lesson that night. Always try it first before giving it to W. I sat down to feed W dinner and warmed up a plate of this for him. He took one tiny bite and refused to eat any more. So I tried it. And cringed.

I think it is because of the chicken stock. It just had a really odd flavor that didn't mesh well at all. It was fluffy and had lots of veggies in it, but wow was it gross.

Easy to put together
Most of the ingredients (minus the chicken stock) we already had on hand

Horribly inedible

Go ahead and try it out if you want. Maybe you will like it, but none of the three of us could eat it and the entire thing ended up in the trash.


  1. What did you end up having for supper then? A.J.

  2. I made him chicken nuggets. It was too late to make anything else and wants he gets into his high chair he wants he got his favorite food.