Purple Quinoa?

Quinoa is delicious and if you haven’t tried it yet, you are missing out. As we discussed in the Spicy Stuffed Acorn Squash post, it’s healthy for you and very versatile. If you’re looking for a way to make easy meals during the week, you can make a large batch of quinoa on a Sunday night and then add it to various things throughout the week.  We like to use it like oatmeal for breakfast by adding some cinnamon, sweetener and almond milk, or it is a good replacement anywhere you’d use rice.

If you already have cooked quinoa on hand, this comes together fairly quickly. However, even if you don’t, it only takes about 15-20 minutes to cook quinoa (½ cup dry equals about 1½  – 2 cups cooked) so either way this dish is simple to make. I used the traditional color of quinoa (which is tan), so the dish ended up with a purple hue to it!

Savory and Sweet Purple Quinoa

  • 1 ½ – 2 cups Cooked Quinoa
  •  ½ cup Blueberries (I used Trader Joe’s Wild blueberries because they’re tiny and add a hint of blueberry flavor but you could easily use regular)
  • 1 Small Onion
  • 1 Small Head of Purple Cabbage (mine was about the size of a softball or a little bigger)
  • 1 Parsnip, peeled
  • 2 cups Chopped Broccoli
  • 2 cups Spinach
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/8 cup rice vinegar (I used garlic-seasoned)
  • 1 teaspoon Canola or Grapeseed Oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Garlic Salt, to taste

– Chop all veggies into bite-sized pieces.

– In a large skillet over medium heat, warm the oil and then add the onion. Sauté for about five minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the parsnip, cabbage, rice vinegar, and seasonings and continue to cook for five more minutes, or until the parsnip starts to become tender. Then fold in the broccoli.

– Once the broccoli is cooked (but still slightly crunchy), add the tomato, spinach, quinoa and blueberries and cook until the blueberries are warm and the spinach has wilted.



– This tastes great over a bed of spinach/other leafy green with some chopped tempeh (or tofu or beans), raw cucumber and tomato for a main dish, or you can serve it along side of whatever you’re making!


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