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

Jun 24, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. ET

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.

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.

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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  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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