Quinoa Pilaf, Vegetarian Quinoa Recipe

Quick, Easy Gluten Free Vegan Quinoa Casserole Recipe

Quinoa Pilaf

Quinoa Pilaf Recipe: Low fat, delicious, high protein vegetarian or vegan quinoa recipe, quick and easy to make. Use quinoa in any casserole recipe in place of other grains.

For a quick easy healthy meal, serve this qluten free quinoa recipe with fried or baked tofu and a green salad.

Total Prep and Cook Time: 45 Minutes

Yield: 4 main dish servings, or 6 side servings

Nutrition Data Per 93g Serving (4 servings): 228 cal, 35g carb, 7g fat, 303mg sodium, 5g fiber, 8g protein, low Saturated Fat & Cholesterol, good source Vit C, Folate, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Manganese. Estimated glycemic load 18


  • 1 c quinoa
  • 1/2 cup celery, trimmed & chopped in small dice
  • 1/2 sweet red pepper, chopped in small dice
  • 1/2 c. cooked chickpeas
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 - 3 garlic cloves OR 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp brown mustard seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
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  • 1/2 tsp gr. coriander
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp thyme leaf
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 cup water or soup stock
  • Optional: 2 cups chopped spinach OR 1/4 c. minced parsley or cilantro
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste


  1. Rinse quinoa twice, leave to drain in a fine seive
  2. Heat olive oil on medium low in a 3 - 4 qt saucepan or sauté pan
  3. Peel & mince garlic sauté with mustard seeds for 1 minute
  4. Chop celery and red pepper, add to pan, turn up the and sauté another two minutes
  5. Mix in the bay leaf, turmeric, coriander & cumin
  6. Turn the heat to medium high. Add the quinoa and stir until it's dry and starting to pop
  7. Add 1 3/4 c. hot water or stock, and salt. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer 12 minutes
  8. Stir in the optional greens, chickpeas, parsley or cilantro, and fresh ground pepper
  9. Cover and cook 5 more minutes, then serve
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Recipe Tips:

Quinoa cooked this way is light, dry and slightly crunchy because it's toasted.

This quinoa recipe is perfect with baked tofu, and a green salad or cream of broccoli soup, for a completely satisfying meal.

Quinoa pilaf also goes very well with simple mung dhal soup, and greens, for a lighter but nutritionally balanced meal.

Recipe Comments:

Tip: Quinoa is so small & fine that it's difficult to drain with a regular colander.

Solution: I have a wire metal Splatter Cover (one used to prevent food splattering) and after soaking the Quinoa for 15 minutes, I simply poured the soaked Quinoa on top of the Splatter Cover, the water drained and no lost Quinoa fell thru the holes.

I added chopped spinach and a little diced cooked zucchini to the vegetable mix for this recipe. I'm thinking Sun Dried Tomatoes would be yummy too! - Mercy A.

I made your quinoa pilaf today although I omitted the chick peas and put in fine diced carrot, celery and toasted almonds along with the spices you have listed. (added the nuts at the end) was absolutely delish! My husband loves white rice although I'm diabetic and I think I've changed him in that respect. Thanks for this great recipe, excited about trying other recipes using Quinoa. - Irma R.

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