Creamy Quinoa Primavera

March 11, 2013 · 12 comments

in healthy,quick and easy,rice and grains,vegetables,vegetarian

Because I’m a food blogger, it’s pertinent that I bring the occasional quinoa dish to your attention. After all, who would take me seriously without some posts about this popular supergrain (that’s not actually a grain)?

But, really, we have been fans of quinoa for a while now and even though it’s not necessarily the first “grain” we run to when it’s time to meal plan, we do keep it in the repertoire. We’ve had this dish a couple of times, and it’s definitely one of my new favorite ways to eat quinoa. It makes for a great weeknight meal and it’s healthy and filling, but creamy enough that it feels a bit more indulgent.

This recipe is highly adaptable and you can use whichever vegetables are your favorite, or anything in season. In the winter, I always seem to have extra carrots and celery from all the soups and stews I make, so I threw a couple of those in there along with a red bell pepper, mushrooms, and some peas (frozen peas make it into a LOT of our meals during the last 30 seconds – they’re just so easy). This would be great in the summer with zucchini and summer squash, too. The cream cheese makes feel a bit more decadent than…well, than like you’re just eating a bowl of quinoa and vegetables. I won’t go so far as to say it’s like risotto, but it definitely has a similar vibe. Plus, using a lowfat cream cheese still keeps this a nice and healthy option. The quinoa is packed with protein and the vegetables are full of nutrients; it will keep you full for a while despite not having any meat.

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Joanne March 12, 2013 at 5:25 am

I love how you’ve turned quinoa into something decadent! This dish would definitely turn any haters for sure. (cough my boyfriend cough).

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Angie March 12, 2013 at 9:41 am

This looks great, Elly!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar March 12, 2013 at 9:48 am

Mmm love this idea! I love quinoa too, so it’s nice to have a new recipe to add to the mix. Thanks!

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The USA Kiwi (Kylee) March 12, 2013 at 9:52 am

This sounds fabulous for the whole family!
I’m a quinoa virgin only because I haven’t found a way to present it for the first time to the meat/potoates boys I live with – but this one I could probably get by them!

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Jessica @ Sunny Side Up March 12, 2013 at 11:46 am

We love quinoa and I’m always looking for a new way to use it. This sounds perfect for us!

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Maeghan March 12, 2013 at 12:16 pm

You’ve done it again! I will be adding this to the must make list. One more way to get my husband to like quinoa :)

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Intisar March 14, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Made this Tuesday, used green bean instead of peas(DH hates peas) and add chicken(already had a couple meatless meals this week and DH wasn’t in feeling another one). Anyways we all enjoyed it!

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elly March 14, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Glad to hear it, Intisar!

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ErinsFoodFiles March 20, 2013 at 10:54 am

Holy Crap! I have every single ingredient on hand to make this! Now, I just need to find the time.

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Hilary June 24, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Super good recipe! Made it tonight and we all loved it!

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elly June 24, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Glad you liked it, Hilary!

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