Spring Vegetable and Quinoa Pilaf

One great way to change your eating habits from unhealthy to healthy is to affirm you can. Start by trying out new recipes and with each new recipe you are closer to believing in yourself. This Spring Vegetable and Quinoa Pilaf is a great way to start bringing fresh veggies into your diet.


  • 1 3/4 cups organic chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt plus additional for seasoning
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained 3 times
  • 6 baby golden beets, peeled, cut into 1/3-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup 1/2-inch pieces orange bell peppers
  • 1 cup 1/2-inch pieces red bell peppers
  • 1/2 pound asparagus, trimmed, cut on diagonal into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1 cup 1/2-inch pieces trimmed baby zucchini
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley


  1. Bring broth and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt to boil in medium saucepan; add quinoa.
  2. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until quinoa is tender and broth is absorbed, about 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat; fluff with fork. Cover and reserve.
  4. Meanwhile, bring 1 1/4 cups water to boil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add beets. Cover and cook until beets are tender, about 8 minutes.
  5. Uncover beets. Cook until any water in skillet evaporates.
  6. Increase heat to medium-high. Add olive oil and garlic. Sauté 30 seconds.
  7. Add all bell peppers, asparagus, and zucchini. Sauté until just tender, about 8 minutes.
  8. Add cooked quinoa, green onions, and parsley to vegetables in skillet; toss to combine.
  9. Season with sea salt and pepper.


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