{meatless mondays : rainbow quinoa w/ volcanic garlic and heirloom tomatoes}

29 Jul


quinoa dishes are great for many reasons.  one thing i love about them is they are great served hot or cold.  quinoa is a wonderful source of protein and it is even a complete protein which means it contains all 9 essential amino acids.  this makes it particularly good for vegans or vegetarians.  i also love quinoa because i find it sustains my active body for a good while.


i whipped up a quick batch to take to lunch for a few days using my amazing volcanic garlic, 1/2 a sweet onion, and 1 medium beautiful heirloom tomato.  

it’s important to rinse quinoa prior to cooking.

then, simply use the ratio of 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water.  combine and bring to a boil over medium to high heat.  once the germ begins to separate from the grain, reduce heat and simmer gently until fully cooked –  takes about 15 minutes or so.


meanwhile, to prepare the sauce, begin by sauteing 1/2 chopped sweet onion.  next, add in about 6-7 cloves of chopped or diced volcanic garlic… once those are nice and toasty, finish by tossing in the chopped tomato and simmer, adding a little water or white whine to deglaze…

then, when ready, marry it to the cooked quinoa…


while still hot, glob in a hefty scoop of fresh butter of your choice {i always opt for an organic grass-fed butter when i can –  kerrygold is my absolute new favourite butter!} and a little S&P…


i had a big bowl right on the spot!  and then saved the rest for my weekly lunches…


i chose rainbow quinoa simply because i like as much colour as possible in my food!  and it presents a lot prettier this way, don’t you agree?! 😉

happy healthy eating!

3 Responses to “{meatless mondays : rainbow quinoa w/ volcanic garlic and heirloom tomatoes}”

  1. Anthony Mark July 29, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    this looks incredibly delicious


  2. tinywhitecottage July 29, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

    I love this recipe! So easy and doesn’t it just feel good when you eat quinoa? I love the orange hue of you heirloom tomato. 🙂


    • cooking with audrey July 31, 2013 at 12:23 am #

      omg YES it feels good when you eat quinoa! i’ve been craving it a lot lately. i love how it doesn’t make me feel bloated, but sustains me for hours. i thought that tomato was pretty, too… which is why he won the contest for “which tomato should audrey buy for the blog?” hehe. thanks for the comment!!


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