Pinterest Discovery

November 6, 2012

I know this is not new to most people, including me, but my love affair has taken off full force. I have become a Pinterest machine. I’m not exactly pinning and doing what I’m supposed to do on there but finding some great ideas. Some of which are the recipes I have been saving. I decided to try a new quinoa recipe.

I liked this idea because it used a lot of veggies I don’t use on a regular basis – zucchini, squash and leek. Plus, it’s a very low-fat, relatively easy recipe.

Quinoa Squash Pilaf Recipe
Recipe type: Entree
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Serves: 8
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) vegetable broth (I used chix broth because I had some in the house)
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 1 medium yellow summer squash, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 1 cup chopped leeks (white portion only)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro (I skipped)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach, chopped (I used a spinach and arugla mixture)
  • I added 1lb. of chicken for extra protein
  1. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, toast the quinoa over medium heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
  2. 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.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet, saute the zucchini, yellow squash and leeks in oil until vegetables are tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the tomato, cilantro, seasonings and quinoa; heat through. Add spinach; cook and stir until spinach is wilted.


I think this had a lot of possibility, and maybe could use some doctoring up. It was, however, a big flop in our house. Kids didn’t want to eat it at all. Adam and I thought it was good and I appreciated having different veggies and quinoa in the mix. If my “eat everything” kid, Drew, wouldn’t give it the time of day, I think I’ll have to leave this out of my repertoire. I think I’m 2 for 4 on quinoa…

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