Quinoa with Mixed Squashes and Mushrooms

Earthy and hearty, this kind of grain-and-mushroom dish appeals to me most in the fall, though it can be served any time of year. Adapted from Vegan Express.

Serves: 4 to 6

  • 1 cup raw quinoa, rinsed in a fine sieve
  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine, optional
  • 1 pound or so mixed summer squashes of your choice
    (zucchini, yellow squash, pattypan, etc.), cut into thin,
    bite-sized pieces
  • 6 to 8 ounces shiitake, cremini, or baby bella mushrooms,
    or a combination, stemmed and sliced
  • 1 to 2 small fresh hot chilis, seeded and minced, optional
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, or more, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, or 1 tablespoon fresh
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Combine the quinoa and bouillon cube with 2 cups water in a medium saucepan and bring to a gentle boil. Lower the heat and  simmer gently until the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. If you’d like a more tender grain, add another 1/2 cup water and cook until absorbed.

Heat the oil in the skillet or stir-fry pan. Add the onion and garlic and sauté over medium heat until translucent.

Add the wine, squashes, mushrooms, and optional chili, and sauté over medium-high heat until the squashes are touched with golden spots.

Stir in the cooked quinoa, followed by the parsley, oregano, and cumin. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, for 3 to 5 minutes longer. Serve at once.


5 comments on “Quinoa with Mixed Squashes and Mushrooms

  1. Christie Shields

    This recipe gives conflicting instructions – when does the quinoa go in – before or after the water simmers?

    Also it says to add chilies, but there aren’t chilies in the ingredient list.

  2. S

    What is the nutrition info? Mainly looking for calories per serving or total for the whole dish.

  3. Nava Post author

    Hello S,

    This is from Vegan Express so I happen to have the nutrition info. Total calories for the entire dish is 755, and it serves 4 to 6.

    I hope to get a nutrition data widget on the site soon to help people figure out nutrition data. It’s too daunting to get all the recipes analyzed. Thanks for visiting!

  4. nikki

    I made something very similar to this… Quinoa, mushrooms, squash and onion with garlic, cumin, chili powder, oregano and a little bit of salt and pepper. It was delicious! Glad I found this recipe!

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