Roasted Veggie Quinoa

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Am I the only one who had no clue how the f**k to pronounce the name of this grain when it began its super food boom? Was it Q-know-ah? Or maybe it was pronounced queen-oh-ah?  Nope.  Somehow this random assortment of letters is pronounced “keen-wah.”  Despite its confusing pronunciation, this grain (technically a seed) is the Jennifer Aniston of super foods.  Being the only grain made with all nine essential amino acids, it is considered a complete protein.  It makes a great substitution for high protein foods, especially for vegetarians.  By adding some aromatic roasted veggies, this simple dish can be a complete, nutritious meal.  Whether it is easy to pronounce of not, it is definitely worth trying!

(Just in case you are unsure how to actually pronounce it:  How to Pronounce Quinoa)

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup of uncooked quinoa
  • 4 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 4 tbsp. of minced garlic
  • 2 tsp. of salt
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 2 medium yellow squash
  • 1 medium red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup of chopped chives
  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy

Directions

  • Following the package directions, prepare the quinoa
  • Chop the veggies into bite sized pieces and toss with olive oil, salt, and garlic
  • Roast the veggies in a 450 degree oven for 20 minutes, until tender and very slightly browned
  • Combine the veggies with the quinoa and chives and serve either hot or cold

Nutrition:

  • 265 calories
  • Carbohydrates:  31 grams
  • Fat- 13 grams
  • Protein- 6 grams
  • Fiber- 5 grams

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