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Quinoa with Cabbage and Green Beans

Quinoa with green beans recipe

Here’s an easy dish to highlight super-nutritious quinoa. With a flavorful sauté of onion, cabbage, and green beans, this needs very little in the way of seasoning. Serve with a simple bean dish and a colorful salad or slaw for an easygoing meal. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

Serves: 6

  • 1 cup raw quinoa (any variety)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth or water with 1 vegetable bouillon cube
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large red or yellow onion, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 8 to 10 ounces fresh slender green beans, trimmed and cut into
    1-inch lengths (use thawed organic green beans if fresh are
    out of season, or as a shortcut)
  • 4 cups thinly shredded green cabbage (regular, savoy, or nappa)
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill, or more, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon poppy or sesame seeds, optional
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Rinse the quinoa in a fine sieve and combine in a saucepan with the broth. Bring to a slow boil, then lower the heat, cover, and simmer until the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet or stir-fry pan. Add the onion and sauté over medium-low heat until translucent. Layer the cabbage and green beans over the onions, cover, and cook for 5 minutes.

Uncover, turn the heat up to medium-high, and sauté, stirring frequently until all the vegetables are lightly and evenly browned.

Transfer the cooked quinoa to the skillet and stir it in. Sauté for 3 to 4 minutes longer, stirring often. Add the dil and optional poppy seeds, season with salt and pepper, and serve.

Quinoa with green beans

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    Food Budget
    July 1, 2011 at 9:32 pm

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    Antonio Campos
    January 10, 2015 at 1:01 pm


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      January 12, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      Thanks, Antonio!

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    Jesica Lyons
    February 18, 2015 at 9:55 am

    DELISH! And SO nutritious!

    • Reply
      February 18, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it.

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    Anj in the Kitchen
    November 2, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Bland. Needs more spice or seasoning variety. Suggestions?

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