This nutritious and delicious spiced quinoa is packed with fall produce, is vegan and gluten-free, and can be made in less than 30 minutes!
It’s quinoa week here on Nutritioulicious! Earlier this week, we explored the versatility of quinoa with 40 healthy ways to cook quinoa including innovative breakfast bars, classic grain salads, unique burgers, and enticing desserts. Today, I have one more quinoa dish to add to the list.
A few weeks ago, when my produce drawer was filled with apples after we went apple picking, I decided to add roasted apples to the quinoa I was serving with roasted chicken. (This was after making Apple Peanut Butter Pancakes and Baked Apple French Toast, adding apples to our morning oatmeal, and eating apples for every afternoon snack for a week. We had a lot of apples!)
I threw in some carrots and zucchini that were also hanging out in the produce drawer. It was easy, flavorful, and of course Nutritioulicious.
Now that we’re in the thick of root vegetable season, I changed up the recipe just a bit to make use of what’s currently hanging around my produce drawer and kitchen counter.
This time I coated rainbow carrots (purple, white, and yellow in color), sweet potatoes, and apples with cinnamon, coriander, and ground ginger, roasted them and tossed them all with the cooked spiced quinoa. Same idea, just slightly different ingredients.
And that’s honestly what I love the most about quinoa – it’s a nutrient-rich, blank canvas on which you can add whatever flavors you’re in the mood for. Plus it’s the perfect whole grain for people following a gluten-free diet.
You can easily change up this recipe by adding your favorite cheese or nuts or dried fruit – or go crazy and add all three! This time around I added dried cranberries for some added sweetness and toasted chopped pecans for some crunch. Play around with herbs and spices that your palate favors, or add a protein like chicken or beans to make it an entree. Whatever ingredients you use, serve it as a side dish or an easy weekday lunch or dinner – you won’t be sorry!
What ingredients would you add to this spiced quinoa?