Broccoli Quinoa Pilaf


I am always preaching my love of quinoa to anyone who will listen, but I recently realized I haven’t featured that many quinoa recipes lately. I usually cook up a huge batch and just eat it with some veggies and a sprinkle of salad dressing. I wanted to put together a tasty, quick way to enjoy this versatile grain.

Enter broccoli. Did I mention I’ve been on a huge broccoli kick? After being ambivalent about it for months, I’m suddenly obsessed with adding it to everything. Since I was a little kid I’ve always been a bit weird about broccoli stalks. I always eat only the “leaves” and not the “stems.” This recipe integrates the vitamin and fiber rich stems and I didn’t even notice them! Just shred up some broccoli and cook with onion, quinoa and some vegetable broth. The result is a creamy and filling side dish that is super healthy. Best part: it takes only 15 minutes to prepare!

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1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, finely diced
1 medium head of broccoli (approx 1lb), cut into florets and washed
1 cup quinoa, dry
2 1/4 cup low sodium vegetable broth
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp paprika
1/4 cup slivered almonds

Step by Step Instructions:
1. In a medium saucepan, saute onion on medium heat in olive oil 3-4 minutes
2. Using a food processor, shred broccoli florets and stems (or finely dice with a knife)
3. Add broccoli to pan and toss with onion and olive oil
4. Add quinoa, veggie broth, pepper and paprika
5. Cover and bring to a boil
6. Reduce to medium heat and simmer for 10 minutes, until liquid is absorbed
7. Serve with optional slivered almonds

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23 Responses to Broccoli Quinoa Pilaf

  1. healthyfoodietravels February 8, 2012 at 2:43 am #

    Sounds fantastic! :)

  2. Kim Bee February 8, 2012 at 3:17 am #

    Oh yum, quinoa and broccoli must taste fab together. Looks so inviting.

  3. Yummy February 8, 2012 at 3:24 am #

    Delicious and healthy dish!

  4. Christine's Pantry February 8, 2012 at 3:49 am #

    Sounds great.

  5. Maggie February 8, 2012 at 4:22 am #

    I am quinoa crazy these days! What an amazing grain. I am always looking for new ways to make quinoa and this will definitely go into my queue. And actually, I could eat this as a whole meal and not just a side (you know, if my husband would only consider that a meal).

  6. Michelle February 8, 2012 at 4:59 am #

    I miss pilaf! This looks like an amazing version, how fluffy and delicious it would be!

  7. ravienomnoms February 8, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    I pretty much love quinoa! It is my favorite. I could literally eat it everyday. It is so delicious really.

  8. Suzi February 8, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    Sounds delicious. Next up on my to make list.

  9. PolaM February 8, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    I have to try cooking with quinoa! It seems to be the last craze and yours looks very good. I'll have to go buy some!

  10. Red_Shallot February 8, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    I have quinoa, I have broccoli, I have everything else…….*running to the kitchen*

  11. Sweet and Salty SF February 8, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    I've always been a little intimidated by cooking quinoa. Perhaps b/c it took me way too long to figure out how to pronounce it correctly 😉 But your simple recipe inspires me to try it out! Thanks for featuring it!

  12. Stephie February 9, 2012 at 6:45 am #

    I've been on a huge quinoa kick recently, too! I've got some ideas for quinoa risotto knocking around in my head that I can't wait to try. Yum.

  13. katherinemartinelli February 9, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    I love broccoli and I love quinoa – so this seems like a no brainer for me to try! Congrats on top 9 :-)

  14. Jefferson's Table February 9, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

    Your blog is so much fun! We do love broccoli and we are luke warm about quinoa? We will give it a try. Congratulations on Top 9!!!

  15. Steve Cylka February 9, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    I am also a huge fan of quinoa! Healthy and versatile. You can do so much with it!

  16. Jenn Kendall February 10, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    we haven't yet tried quinoa, but this sounds so delicious that we will definitely be trying this soon!

  17. Dara Reppucci February 13, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    NO worries. This dish would be lovely with some whole wheat couscous or barley as well.

  18. Jenn @ Peas and Crayons February 14, 2012 at 3:15 am #

    omg I would devour this!!! I've been quinoa obsessed lately! =)

  19. Purabi Naha February 23, 2012 at 8:06 am #

    The way you photographed the pilaf makes it so droolworthy! This looks like something I must try out, very unique indeed.

  20. Amalia March 28, 2012 at 4:25 am #

    I love both broccoli and quinoa and I think this is such a great meal! It's healthy, fresh, and I'm sure really delicious! Fabulous recipe :)

  21. Ann March 29, 2012 at 1:49 am #

    What a great idea! I never thought of putting broccoli and quinoa together!

  22. Jay April 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    very delicious & tempting
    first time here..lovely space you have
    happy following you..:)
    do stop by mine sometime..

    Tasty Appetite

  23. Tina April 11, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

    This dish looks so fluffy and delicious! Quinoa and broccoli do make a great pairing and I like how this is lightly seasoned. I would have to have a second helping of this when it is presented. Delicious post!

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