Mushroom and vegetable quinoa for lunch…

by Sunita on April 6, 2009

We’ve been blessed with gorgeous sunshine for the last couple of days. Though the temperatures are not that high, we aren’t complaining. For a place, where grey is more or less the predominant colour, any amount of sunshine is more than welcome.

The kids’ Easter break is on full swing. Lots of investigations…

and discoveries…

The li’l guy picked up this worm lying in the middle of the road(what if a car runs over it!!) and transported it to a safe(?) place :-)

are going on ;-) But we are really looking forward the break, especialy as the daddy of the house is coming back on Friday, after nearly a month and a half ! Phew!! At last !!!

The temperatures outdoors may not be that much, but from indoors, it certainly seems very spring like..colourful flowers, buzzing bees add to the charm. The heart feels lighter and a light meal is what we had for lunch-Mushroom and vegetable quinoa- light and colourful- yes, very spring like.

What’s needed-

2C quinoa, cooked according to packet instructions and immediately mixed with 1 tsp of olive oil
2 tblsp extra virgin olive oil
1small carrot and 1/2 a yellow pepper, cut into small cubes
a handful of peas
1C of small broccoli florets
3-4 clobves of garlic, finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
5-6 closed cup mushrooms, thinly sliced
a handful of chopped walnuts
2 tblsp of Italian seasoning
1 tsp roasted and ground cumin
1/2 tsp crushed red chillies( more or less)
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

How to-

  1. Heat the 2 tblsp of oil and tip in all the rest of the ingredients, one afyter the other.
  2. Stir and cook over low to medium heat till the onions and mushrooms soften. Over high heat, stir constantly till the rest of the moisture evaporates. The vegetables should retain a slight crunch.
  3. Ina large bowl, mix the quinoa  with the cooked mushroom and vegetable mixture.
  4. Serve immediately. I garnished ours with some more crushed red chillies and freshly ground pepper.

There! a simple, but flavourful lunch ready to be enjoyed.

The vegetables and nuts added a nice crunch and the spices added their heat. Bright outdoors added a lot to the taste as well ;-)

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{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Asha April 6, 2009 at 4:22 pm

We had really hot and humid weekend like Summer days, did BBQ on the deck and planted some Tomatoes, had a blast. Today is hot but tomorrow it will be little chilly again. Feels wonderful! :)

I had bought small pack of Quinoa just to try, made Quinoa dosa, loved it. Rice looks great too.Your kids are enjoying the hols I see. Here, they can’t say Easter (separation of Church and State) holidays but they call it Spring break and that starts next week for Tushar. Trisha had a Spring break already since she goes local University.

Hurray! Glad you will be full family again, kids must miss him a lot, of course you do too. 1 1/2 month is a pretty long time, enjoy him. Although I thoroughly enjoy if Arvind goes away for a weekend or so, I will start missing him after 3 days! :D


2 Sunita April 6, 2009 at 10:11 pm

Glad to know you had a wonderful day.

Yes, the kids are enjoying their time. And we’re really looking forward to being a complete family again…the kids begin the countdown, the first thing in the morning :-)


3 Priya April 6, 2009 at 4:25 pm

I’ve never been able to cook quinoa successfully :( I’m not giving up though, bought some more from the store last week, your recipe is going to be the first in line :D Have a wonderful week ahead Sunita :)


4 Sunita April 6, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Thanks Priya…do give it a try :-)


5 Rosie April 6, 2009 at 4:32 pm

It has been gorgeous sunshine here in England. Now I have a pkt of Quinoa I brought to try and haven’t used it as yet but now I have the perfect excuse with your wonderful dish here.

I am glad to hear all the family will be together again :D

Rosie x


6 Sunita April 6, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Yes, it’s been wonderful, hasn’t it? Do try the quinoa :-)


7 Rosa April 6, 2009 at 5:06 pm

What a delicious salad! Very refreshing , healthy and delicious!




8 Sunita April 6, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Thanks Rosa :-)


9 Lisa April 6, 2009 at 5:07 pm

That’s a beautiful dish Sunita. Quinoa is probably my favorite grain, and I could eat mushrooms everyday.


10 Sunita April 6, 2009 at 10:15 pm

Thanks Lisa…I adore mushrooms too :-)


11 Lakshmi April 6, 2009 at 5:41 pm

I must say they are 2 gorgeous children you have!! Those eagerly looking eyes with full of concentration. Hope they are having great fun with the spring break.
The weather here is ON and OFF in New jersey. It was gorgeous and sunny yday. Gloomy and chill and rainy again today. Youre right…any sunshine is always welcome. Cant wait for the summer heat to kick in.

Nice combination with quinoa and vegetables. A must try. Such dishes are always welcome in my kitchen.
Thanks a ton girl!

- Lakshmi


12 Sunita April 6, 2009 at 10:18 pm

You’re most welcome, Lakshmi. I actually don’t mind the cold as long as the sun is out :-)

We did enjoy the meal :-)


13 Hélène April 6, 2009 at 5:46 pm

They are beautiful. Gorgeous smiles!


14 Sunita April 6, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Thanks Helene :-)


15 SuperChef April 6, 2009 at 5:54 pm

looks like you had a fun spring weekend! we had a gorgeous sunny weekend too!! the quinoa looks so wonderful.


16 Sunita April 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Thank you…yes, the kids did have fun indeed :-)


17 Ivy April 6, 2009 at 6:34 pm

The weather seems to be going crazy: Isn’t it oxymoron, sunny in England and rainy in Athens? Your kids seem to be enjoying the holidays and what a kind heart to want to move the worm away from the road.
Orthodox Easter holidays start next Monday. Your quinoa salad sounds delicious and so healthy.


18 Sunita April 6, 2009 at 10:22 pm

It hasn’t rained here for quite a few days now. The kids are having fun.


19 usha April 6, 2009 at 6:46 pm

vegetable quinoa looks scrumptious and colorful too


20 Sunita April 6, 2009 at 10:24 pm

Thanks Usha :-)


21 Soma April 6, 2009 at 6:52 pm

My kinda lunch. I make all kind of combination of grains & veggies/beans for lunch.

Last year we took our daughter’s friends out for her birthday.. & in one place we were resting, they ALL picked up worms & itsy bitsy caterpillars.. & made them walk all over them!! I mean i totally freaked seeing a bunch of kids having worms all over their shirts! alteast ypur little one picked it up with good intentions.


22 Sunita April 6, 2009 at 10:25 pm

Kids will be kids :-D


23 snooky doodle April 6, 2009 at 8:23 pm

How cute!! not the worms though. This dish looks so colourful and tasty :)


24 Sunita April 6, 2009 at 10:27 pm

LOL…thanks :-)


25 A&N April 6, 2009 at 11:49 pm

So healthy! :)


26 Sunita April 7, 2009 at 6:26 pm
27 bee April 7, 2009 at 1:11 am

i adore quinoa. can’t have enough of it. the kids’ pics are cute. there’s a natural affinity between little boys and worms, methinks.


28 Sunita April 7, 2009 at 6:29 pm

I love it too…worms and boys…Earlier in our house it used to be the girl and worms/ants etc…recently, there has been a role reversal :-)


29 Nirmala April 7, 2009 at 3:35 am

Thats wonderful! Both A and R are looking so inquisitive and naughty as well! Have a great time as Dinesh comes back. I can look forward for lovely desserts and party recips next week ;) Haven’t had quinoa but the pic looks very inviting !


30 Sunita April 7, 2009 at 6:25 pm

Thanks Nirmala…yes, we are looking forward to the reunion :-)


31 prathibha April 7, 2009 at 6:25 am

Looking colourful…Unfortunately we wont get quinoa in india, otheriwse i would have tried it immediately for my next meal..


32 Sunita April 7, 2009 at 6:29 pm
33 sushma April 7, 2009 at 6:34 am

thats such a lovely snap..they both look so good. love;y dish too :)


34 Sunita April 7, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Thanks Sushma :-)


35 sandeepa April 7, 2009 at 5:55 pm

Loved the snaps, isn’t Agastya the naughtier of the two :)

Glad that the Dad is back this Friday, you all must be super excited


36 Sunita April 7, 2009 at 6:37 pm

Agastya is definitely the cheekier of the two :-) Yes, we’re glad D is coming back :-)


37 Lakshmi April 8, 2009 at 1:58 pm

yummy colorful Quinoa..perfect for spring.


38 Nicisme April 9, 2009 at 8:57 pm

That looks tasty, another very colourful dish!
Glad to see you are enjoying your Easter break.


39 mala September 23, 2010 at 1:36 pm

heyy u wrote The li’l guy picked up this worm lying in the middle of the worm(what if a car runs over it!!) and transported it to a safe(?) place :-) typical typo i guess…in d middle of the road i am sure…ne ways will have to try ur quinoa!!


40 Sunita September 23, 2010 at 6:39 pm

OOps! Have updated it now.Thanks for pointing it out :)


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