Spanish Quinoa Recipe

Spanish-Quinoa (2)

I became a fan of quinoa a few years ago. I was first attracted to it by it’s health benefits and the fact that it was a low glycemic index food. As described in Wikipedia, “Nutritional evaluations of quinoa indicate that it is a source of complete protein. Furthermore, it is a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron. Quinoa is also a source of calcium, and thus is useful for vegans and those who are lactose intolerant.”

All of this led me to seek out recipes for quinoa that I could use in a variety of ways. I like to have dishes in my fridge that can serve as a quick post work-out snack or whenever hunger strikes.

One of my favorite quinoa recipes is this Spanish Quinoa Recipe that comes from the people at Eden Foods. I think cooking quinoa in a flavorful broth does a lot for a dish and adding a mix of other ingredients also helps make the dish a complete meal as well as a versatile side dish. This recipe does all of that.

Spanish Quinoa Recipe


  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 cup red or white quinoa, washed and drained
  • 28oz of diced tomatoes, drained and reserving liquid for cooking.
  • 1 medium green or red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder or to taste
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups cooking liquid. I use the reserved tomato and bean liquid and then add vegetable broth
  • 15 oz organic Pinto beans. Drain and reserve bean cooking liquid.
  • Directions

    Drain tomatoes, and place tomato cooking liquid in a measuring cup. Drain the beans and combine with the tomato liquid. Add enough vegetable broth to equal 1 1/2 cups liquid and set aside.

    Heat oil and sauté the onions and garlic until translucent. Stir all remaining ingredients. Add the measured liquid, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook 15 minutes or until liquid is gone. Remove from the heat and let sit, covered for 5 minutes. Mix and serve.

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