Quinoa with Mixed Squashes and Mushrooms

Posted by Diana van Eyk on November 29th, 2011

Thanks to the vegkitchen.com website for this recipe. I like it because at this moment I have all of these ingredients in my house.

Summer squashesEarthy and hearty, this kind of grain-and-mushroom dish appeals to me most in the fall, though it can be served any time of year. Adapted from Vegan ExpressPhoto from Plants for Human Health Institute.

Serves: 4 to 6

  • 1 C. raw quinoa, rinsed in a fine sieve
  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 C. dry white wine, optional
  • 1 pound or so mixed summer squashes of your choice (zucchini, yellow squash, pattypan, etc.), cut into thin, bite-sized pieces
  • 6 to 8 ounces shiitake, cremini, or baby bella mushrooms, or a combination, stemmed and sliced
  • 1 to 2 small fresh hot chilis, seeded and minced, optional
  • 1/4 C. chopped fresh parsley, or more, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano, or 1 tablespoon fresh
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Combine the quinoa and bouillon cube with 2 cups water in a medium saucepan and bring to a gentle boil. Lower the heat and  simmer gently until the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. If you’d like a more tender grain, add another 1/2 cup water and cook until absorbed.

Heat the oil in the skillet or stir-fry pan. Add the onion and garlic and sauté over medium heat until translucent.

Add the wine, squashes, mushrooms, and optional chili, and sauté over medium-high heat until the squashes are touched with golden spots.

Stir in the cooked quinoa, followed by the parsley, oregano, and cumin. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, for 3 to 5 minutes longer. Serve at once.

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