Carrot, Tomato, and Spinach Quinoa Pilaf
Servings:
4
Ready In:
35 minutes
Prep Time:
10 minutes
Cook Time:
25 minutes
Wait Time:
0 minutes
Spiciness:
0/5

Ingredients

  • 2 (teaspoon) olive oil
  • 1/2 (whole) onion, chopped
  • 1 (cup) quinoa
  • 2 (cup) water
  • 1 1/2 (teaspoon) vegetable bouillon granules
  • 1 (teaspoon) ground black pepper
  • 1 (teaspoon) dried thyme
  • 1 (whole) carrot, chopped
  • 1 (whole) tomato, chopped
  • 1 (cup) baby spinach

Directions

  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.
  2. Stir in the carrots. Cover and simmer until all water is absorbed, about 15 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.

Comments

  • Diana
    Diana 43583

    This was really good. One of the best quinoa dishes I've tried.

    over 3 years ago
  • Chef Heather (Food on the Table)
    Chef Heather (Food on the Table) 25081

    This is a good one! I actually used vegetable stock instead of the water and chicken bouillon called for in the recipe (since some of those bouillons can have a lot sodium).

    over 3 years ago
  • Misty
    Misty 172232

    this was great. the whole family liked it. a great side dish to fish or chicken or beans!

    over 3 years ago
  • rene
    rene 80096

    sooooo good!

    about 3 years ago
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 821820

    This was good but used my homemade chicken broth instead of the chicken flavor bouillon. I rather use real food.

    almost 3 years ago
  • Terance
    Terance 839006

    Tasty dish. Using vegetable stock is key though...

    almost 3 years ago
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 861964

    Enjoyed this a lot

    almost 3 years ago
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 832841

    Good stuff!

    over 2 years ago
  • Jenifer
    Jenifer 844275

    everyone loved this. I had to make it twice!

    over 2 years ago
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 936089

    This was great. My 9 year old son, who is a "meat and potatoes" kind of kid, really enjoyed it and ate ALL of his food! My 6 year old daughter, who is a vegetarian went back for more! I did add yellow squash to the veggie mix as well a about a quarter cup chopped red onion towards the end. Good stuff! :)

    over 2 years ago
  • Ryan
    Ryan 62

    We modified this dish by using farro instead of quinoa, and adding raisins and cashews.

    over 2 years ago
  • Chef Heather (Food on the Table)
    Chef Heather (Food on the Table) 25081

    I love your recipe suggestions, Ryan! Thanks for sharing!

    over 2 years ago
  • Julie
    Julie 1290054

    This was so good!

    over 2 years ago
  • Chef Leslie (Food on the Table)
    Chef Leslie (Food on the Table) 141524

    Another good substitute for the quinoa in this recipe is couscous.

    over 2 years ago
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 351674

    I made it for Thanksgiving and everyone loved it.

    about 2 years ago
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 1704384

    Really Good, but needs to state the nutrient values.

    almost 2 years ago
  • Chef Heather (Food on the Table)
    Chef Heather (Food on the Table) 25081

    @Anonymous- I'm sorry for your frustration with the lack of nutritional data. While a select number of our recipes contain nutritional data, this is not something we currently offer for all recipes on the site. However, if nutritional information is missing on certain recipes, please feel free to do a quick Internet search for websites that provide nutritional data calculators. These will allow you to plug in recipes or ingredients and will calculate the nutritional information for you. This data will vary slightly depending on the brands you are using or the calculating software. Thank you for your patience as we continue working on making this a better experience.

    almost 2 years ago
  • Patty
    Patty 1753993

    I made it this evening loved the taste it was awesome

    almost 2 years ago
  • Francesca
    Francesca 1728243

    This might be a stupid question, but I just want to make sure because I've never dealt with quinoa before. When I stir in the quinoa with the oil and onions, it should be uncooked, right?

    Thanks!

    almost 2 years ago
  • Chef Heather (Food on the Table)
    Chef Heather (Food on the Table) 25081

    Hi Francesca! Yes, you are adding the uncooked quinoa to the pan with the oil and onions to 'toast' it for 2 minutes before adding the water and bouillon. Please let me know if you have any other questions or need any additional clarification.

    almost 2 years ago
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 1818243

    I think the recipe could have used some garlic. I also added Italian seasoning instead

    almost 2 years ago
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 1859582

    excellent!

    over 1 year ago
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 1859582

    excellent! flavorful,nutty.

    over 1 year ago
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 1859582

    i loved it! its going to be a regular on our table!

    over 1 year ago
  • Maria
    Maria 1911563

    My husband and I really liked this recipe, but it was a tough sell for the kids.

    over 1 year ago
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 1930790

    quinoa

    over 1 year ago
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 1967241

    too salty

    over 1 year ago
  • Rachel
    Rachel 1986690

    I added garlic , extra black pepper & lemon juice. I used "low salt better than bouillon" instead of bouillon granules & needed to use double the amount suggested in the recipient to get good flavor. I also used 2 carrots, 1 v large tomato, and some chopped fresh basil leaves in addition to the one cup of fresh spinach. It was delicious, quick and easy

    over 1 year ago
  • roger
    roger 37810

    Very tasty

    over 1 year ago
  • Brooke E
    Brooke E 1991897

    Nice flavor. Little bit too much pepper for me. But, quick, easy, healthy, meat free but filling meal.

    over 1 year ago
  • 2129216

    I thought this was tasty except there was way too much pepper for me. All I could taste was the pepper after a while. I would diminish the pepper and add some herbs as others have said. I also used vegetable broth instead of the bouillon cubes. You could use any variety of veggies with this dish and I'm sure it would be good.

    11 months ago
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 2234641

    Simple & Delicious

    10 months ago
  • Jackie
    Jackie 2238497

    This recipe is perfect for lunch. Good hot or cold!

    10 months ago
  • Janet
    Janet 2245676

    Loved it!!

    10 months ago
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 2268745

    I loved this, my husband didn't. Predominant thyme flavor.

    9 months ago
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 2206299

    Mmhhmjnmf

    8 months ago
  • Lisa
    Lisa 2261089

    Love it!

    8 months ago
  • Gayle Marie
    Gayle Marie 1035079

    off the chain!

    7 months ago
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 2322252

    Pretty darn good!

    6 months ago
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 2329243

    Tasty

    6 months ago
  • Scarlet
    Scarlet 1696356

    easy to make. tasteful. my kids didn't like it,but they don't like anything anyways :(

    2 months ago