Meatless Monday Recipe: Quinoa Two Ways

I couldn’t decide which quinoa meal idea to share for today’s Meatless Monday recipe, so I decided to share both!

The first quinoa dish I’m serving up today is one you can make for lunch or dinner, Roasted Vegetables Over Quinoa.  I started out by roasting a pan of veggies that I had on hand.  This time, it was butternut squash and cauliflower with several cloves of crushed garlic.  Check out my Easy Peasy Roasted Vegetables recipe for cooking time & step-by-step instructions on how to roast the perfect veggie every time!


Next I simply cooked up some quinoa according to the directions on the box.  I opted for the microwave method since I had tried it before and it had turned out well.

Box of Quinoa from Trader Joe's

Once the vegetables were roasted, I simply scooped a few spoons over the cooked quinoa and my dinner was ready!


If you are looking for a little more flavor, add a little low-sodium soy sauce or whatever else you might put over a stir-fry when serving.

The next morning, I was really craving a hot bowl of oatmeal with sweet strawberries for breakfast, and I remembered that I had some quinoa leftover.  Knowing how many nutrients are in quinoa and that it’s lightly sweet flavor would lend itself well to something that might be good for breakfast, I decided to experiment.

I simply reheated 1/4 cup of the leftover quinoa in the microwave for one minute.  Next, I added cut strawberries, half a banana, 1/4 cup of non-fat Greek yogurt, and a drizzle of honey to make a very satisfying Quinoa Porridge.  Looks good, doesn’t it? 🙂

I was pleasantly surprised, and I will be making this again.


How do you use quinoa?  Tell me about it below this post!

Quinoa with Shiitake Mushrooms

Happy Monday!

I wanted to share a meatless recipe with you today using one of the Asian superfoods that I’m writing about.  Today’s recipe features shiitake mushrooms… one of my favorite Asian superfoods.  Shiitakes are very versatile.  This recipe is chock full of healthy nutrients, and the quinoa will keep you feeling fuller longer than plain rice or pasta would.

Quinoa Shiitake Mushroom Recipe


  • 1 cup quinoa, pre-rinsed or rinsed
  • 1-2/3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 small carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced
  • 6 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Combine quinoa and vegetable broth in a medium-sized sauce pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low.  Cover & simmer until quinoa is cooked (about 15 minutes).
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until they start to soften (about 3 minutes).
  3. Add the carrots, red bell pepper and thyme.  Cook until the vegetables are tender, approximately 6-7 minutes.
  4. Add the rest of the olive oil, shiitakes, and minced garlic.  Cook, stirring constantly, until mushrooms are cooked all the way through (about 3 minutes).
  5. Add salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  6. Stir in the cooked quinoa.  Serve and enjoy!

Other meatless recipes you might enjoy:

Vegetarian Lean Lasagna





Vegetarian Skinny Cowboy Soup

Low fat Cowboy Soup vegetarian chili






Butternut Squash with Roasted Garlic Soup

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