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.┬áThe 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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