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One-Pot Wonder: Quinoa-veggie skillet packed with summer flavor

Brandi is natural born food lover of anything from gourmet cheeses and wine down to plain baked breads. When not in the kitchen cooking, she loves to be outdoors, especially near the ocean. She puts her focus mainly on healthy organic ea...

Light and fresh veggie-quinoa skillet is perfect for fuss-free summer dining

Need a quick, easy and healthy idea for dinner? This one-pot wonder is not only gluten-free and vegetarian; it's super-easy and equally delicious. This meal comes together fast and is perfect as a vegetarian main course or even as a side dish.

Light and fresh veggie-quinoa skillet is perfect for fuss-free summer dining

Quinoa is cooked in vegetable broth, then tossed with fresh vegetables like sweet onion, bell pepper, summer zucchini and yellow squash. Using a variety of seasonings like garlic, onion powder and cumin gives it tons of flavor, and I also added in a big handful of fresh cilantro for a nice pop of color.

Light and fresh veggie-quinoa skillet is perfect for fuss-free summer dining

One-pot summer veggie-quinoa skillet recipe

Quinoa and fresh, assorted summer vegetables are cooked in one pot for an easy and healthy fuss-free dinner.

Serves 6

Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 25 minutes | Total time: 40 minutes


  • 1-1/2 cups quinoa
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large zucchini, sliced
  • 1 large yellow squash, sliced
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 1 sweet red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 sweet yellow or orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 large handful fresh cilantro


  1. To a large pot or deep skillet, add the quinoa and the vegetable broth.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium, and cook uncovered until all the broth has been absorbed, about 15 minutes. Transfer the quinoa to a bowl, and set it aside.
  3. To the same pot, add the olive oil and all the vegetables. Cook the vegetables for 5 minutes or until they begin to soften.
  4. Return the quinoa to the pan with the vegetables, add the seasonings and cilantro, and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat, and divide into serving bowls. Best served warm.

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