Recipe By Jess
Published Apr 4th
Prep 10m Cook 25m Additional - Ready In 35m
Servings 2 1/2 cups Calories 164.8

I remember my aunt telling me about quinoa, saying it was such a wonderfully healthy food and what do you know? It’s kosher for Passover! I decided to beef up my quinoa with some fresh vegetables, cooked until they are just tender without becoming mushy. As a side dish this serves 4-5, but I’ve been known to eat half of it as a meal on its own.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetarian chicken-flavored bouillon granules
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 cup baby spinach

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Heat the olive oil in a sauce pan over medium heat; cook and stir the onion in the hot oil until translucent, about 5 minutes. Lower the heat, stir in quinoa, and toast, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Stir in the water, bouillon granules, black pepper, and thyme; raise heat to high and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. 2 Stir in the carrots. Cover and simmer until all water is absorbed, about 10 more minutes. Turn off the heat, add the tomatoes and spinach, and stir until the spinach is wilted and the tomatoes have given off their moisture, about 2 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 164.8
  • Carbohydrate 27 g
  • Fat 4.1 g
  • Fiber 3.8 g
  • Protein 5.7 g
  • Saturated Fat 0.5 g
  • Sodium 52.3 mg
  • Sugar 2.4 g


  1. I loved this dish. I had some quinoa sitting in my pantry and needed to do something with it. This was perfect. I didn't have any bouillon cubes so substituted half of the water with beef broth. I also omitted the carrot since I didn't have any and added more spinach and some salt at - Read more ...
  2. LOVE IT! Definitely something I will make over and over. I didn't have any chicken buillon so I used a cilantro and a garlic cube I had and it tasted wonderful. A good recipe to play with the flavors for variety in a favorite dish:)
  3. Overall I think this is a decent recipe, just think I would enjoy it better with some changes. I added a couple cloves of garlic, crushed, into the oil before adding the onion. I think next time I will do as some fellow reviews have suggested and use canned fire roasted tomatoes & chicken stock. - Read more ...
  4. This was very good- I want to give it a 4.5 star rating. I substituted 1/2 tsp oregano and 1/2 tsp basil for the thyme, as part of my family hates thyme, and this worked great. Also, I toasted the quinoa for more like 5 or 6 minutes, until the quinoa was beginning to turn - Read more ...
  5. TRY THIS RECIPE. I'm totally serious. I had a bag of red quinoa in my cabinet and decided to use it for this recipe. I used chard instead of spinach and a red bell pepper instead of carrots. It was pretty much a chop everything up and throw it in a pan type of recipe. - Read more ...
  6. This is a tasty and healthy recipe. I made one change - I used one cup of water and one cup of beef broth and omitted the bouillon granules (because I never use bouillon). This is a keeper.
  7. Good recipe. Other's make you cook the Quinoa in water first and it comes out bland. This way it makes it very flavourfull. I also tried it changing thyme with lemmon pepper and other spices to change it up a bit and it works just the same. Very good!
  8. Wonderful recipe! I used 2 cups of the "Chicken Broth in a Slow Cooker" recipe from here instead of the bullion and water. I also used canned diced tomatos instead of fresh (it's all I had) and used Red quinoa. This dish had a wonderful flavor that wasn't overpowering. Very light dish. I will definately - Read more ...
  9. This was tasty and flavorful. I used the vegetable bouillon cubes instead of the granules. I used 2 cubes. Next time I will probably use vegetable broth. I added more carrots, onion and spinach just because I like those ingredients. It's not heavy and perfect for a light lunch or dinner. I will make this - Read more ...

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