Oh, quinoa, how I love thee
August 16, 2014 11:18 AM   Subscribe

Help me find more one-pot quinoa dinners!

I am over the moon about this mexican quinoa recipe and excited about this quinoa, chicken and veggie recipe as well. Help me find more like these! I've googled, but am not quite finding enough of what I'm looking for.

* Quinoa and ingredients all go into the pot together. Toppings can be added later, of course, but I only want to have to wash one pot and the cutting board.
* I'm looking for hot dishes, not cold grain salads (which are delicious, but this is a different beast).
* Suggestions for any type of cuisine would be great - Italian inspired, Indian inspired, Mexican inspired, Thai inspired, whatever. I love it all and I want to love it in quinoa.
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty to Food & Drink (10 answers total) 100 users marked this as a favorite
Quinoa, White Bean, and Kale Stew

This quinoa puttanesca is more of a side dish but it is delicious.
posted by something something at 11:26 AM on August 16, 2014 [2 favorites]

One of my favorite things to do with quinoa is slice some zucchini in half long-ways and scoop out the insides, then stuff them with a mixture of browned italian sausage crumbles, quinoa, parmesan cheese, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, one or two garlic cloves and a handful of chopped basil. I then top the "boats" with shredded mozzarella and bake for about 20 minutes at 375. If you don't want to fuss with the zucchini stuffing, i'm sure you could chop and sauté them before adding to the mix, and it would be just as tasty!
posted by sparringnarwhal at 11:33 AM on August 16, 2014 [1 favorite]

I noticed one of your recipes uses pre-cooked chicken. So if you're ok with that, I highly recommend this chicken/salsa/quinoa thing I like to do:

Sautée half a chopped onion and a minced clove of garlic in some oil. Add a bit of taco seasoning or Goya Sazon and cook till the onions are translucent. Add a chopped bell pepper. Add a cup of quinoa and two cups of chicken broth. When the broth is boiling, turn the heat down to low, cover, and cook until the broth is gone and the quinoa is done 15-20 minutes). Add a handful of chopped cooked chicken and a few spoonfuls of your favorite salsa. If you want to bulk it up, add some canned black beans.

Very simple, delicious, and filling. Great for leftover chicken. Better the next day. If you're pressed for time or don't have an onion or pepper, you can skip that step. Just cook the quinoa with broth and add the chicken and salsa after. You may need a bit more salsa though.

I also sometimes will have Italian sausage, tomato sauce, and fresh mozzarella with quinoa instead of pasta. Not sure if there's a way to do that well with just one pot though.
posted by lunasol at 11:39 AM on August 16, 2014 [1 favorite]

Also assuming you're okay with one pre-cooked ingredient (roasted butternut squash) and offering up this awesome Lemony Quinoa with Butternut Squash recipe.
posted by idest at 11:51 AM on August 16, 2014 [1 favorite]

I posted this quinoa and chickpea stew a while ago, it is one of my staples, only one pot and it tastes amazing.
posted by quaking fajita at 12:12 PM on August 16, 2014 [1 favorite]

Quinoa -- it's not just for dinner anymore! Try it for breakfast sometime with butter and cinnamon. I like to make it in the rice cooker.
posted by Jacqueline at 12:32 PM on August 16, 2014 [1 favorite]

It's similar to other recipes above, but I love, love, love this quinoa white bean chicken chili recipe.
posted by mixedmetaphors at 4:36 PM on August 16, 2014

This quinoa dish is a staple in our house: I dice a few carrots, a couple stalks of celery, and a small onion, and saute them in olive oil in a large stockpot. When they are almost cooked through, I add chicken broth and quinoa to the pot (using the proportions on the package), and cover the pot. I cook everything together on low-ish heat until the quinoa is cooked and the liquid is absorbed. At the end, I throw in a can of (drained) black beans or lentils and stir the whole thing together. Add salt and pepper to taste. This is a really hearty, stew-like dish, and it reheats nicely the next day. I often eat the leftovers in the morning with a fried egg - very high in protein and nutrient-dense... and delicious! (Sorry I don't have any actual measurements - I just kind of made this up a couple years ago, but I have found that it's pretty flexible and forgiving.)
posted by JubileeRubaloo at 5:08 PM on August 16, 2014 [5 favorites]

This dish, one pot farro stew with tomatoes, is currently popular again cause it uses lots of summer veggies - search the comments to find a quinoa variation ( or really any grain, it's a versatile dish)
posted by The Whelk at 8:23 AM on August 17, 2014

Here is my favorite quinoa thing that mostly fits the requirements, especially if you keep a large batch of quinoa in the fridge: scoop some quinoa in a bowl, nuke in the microwave until warm, then top with a poached egg, some chopped avocado, and some store-made fresh pico de gallo. The egg breaks and is all runny and delicious and NOM.
posted by shiu mai baby at 9:15 AM on August 17, 2014 [2 favorites]

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