Roasted Vegetable Quinoa

This is a perfect summer recipe! With wonderful vegetables in season, this is sure to please just about every taste bud. The great thing about this recipe is that you can use ANY vegetable you want – just pick your favorites! This is great as a main dish or a side.

Roasted Vegetable Quinoa
Serves 2  – 4

1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
1 small onion, chopped medium
1 Roma tomato, chopped medium
1 small ear of sweet corn, cleaned OR 1/4 cup of frozen corn
1/4 cup of canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 small avocado, diced
Salt & Pepper to taste
EVOO

Smokey Lime Dressing
1 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
1 lime, juiced
1 medium clove of garlic, grated
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cumin
1/4 – 1/2 cayenne pepper (depending on how spicy you like it, or you can leave it out all together)
Salt & Pepper to taste
EVOO

Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with foil (less clean-up!) and toss the onion, tomato, corn and chickpeas with salt, pepper and a little bit of oil. Roast for 25 – 30 minutes or until all the veggies are cooked and starting to caramelize. You want to make sure you cut all the veggies about the same size so they cook at the same pace.

OK – here’s the perfect way to cook tender quinoa every time. Put your quinoa in a pot and add twice as much water, so 1/2 cup of quinoa and 1 cup of liquid. I say liquid because you can really use any liquid to cook it. For this recipe I would recommend stock or just water, what I used. Set the heat to medium, put a lid on the pot and set a timer for 20 minutes. You will have perfect quinoa every time!

While the veggies and quinoa are cooking you can assemble the dressing in a medium bowl, whisk. When the veggies are done, just toss them into the bowl. If you roasted an ear of corn instead of frozen corn, just stand up the corn on a cutting board and carefully cut the kernels off of the cob and add to the bowl.

Lastly, add the cooked quinoa and stir everything together! This is SO GOOD!

You could even lay this into lettuce cups to add a cool crisp. The textures and flavors are fantastic!

This is also wonderful cold. I may or may not have eaten the leftovers for breakfast…

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