So this quinoa is truthfully the first quinoa I have ever made in my life. No Joke. I’m not sure why I waited so long to make it, but it really never appealed to me. UNTIL NOW, of course! Oh goodness was this recipe so much better than I had imagined it to be. When I set out to make it, I knew I wanted to give it an Indian spin and pack lots of veggies in it! I’ve seen LOTS of recipes for Mexican quinoa and you guys know I love me some Mexican, so I’ll make that next 🙂

Anyway, this veggie quinoa is especially great to make at the end of the week when you have a ton of veggies left over and need to clean out your fridge, although I swear my refrigerator never seems to get clean!

I had eggplant and zucchini on hand so that’s what I used in this recipe but you could use squash, greens like spinach, mushrooms, okra, and the list goes on and on. Basically, add anything and you can’t go wrong!

Also, I cooked the quinoa in vegetable broth so it would already be flavored before adding it to the vegetables so if you have some on hand I highly recommend doing it this way.

Hope you guys enjoy this recipe! If you have any questions, just comment below! Happy Eating 🙂


Veggie Quinoa




Yield 4 Servings


1 small eggplant, diced

1 zucchini, diced

1 cup red onion, diced

2 jalapeños, finely chopped

1 tbsp garlic, minced

1 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp coriander powder

1 tsp cumin powder

1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro

2 cups quinoa, cooked

2 tbsp oil


  1. Heat a skillet or wide bottom pot over medium high heat and add oil
  2. Once oil is hot, add cumin and jalapeños and cook for one minute.
  3. Add onions and cook until translucent, about 4-5 minutes. Once onions are cooked, add the eggplant, zucchini, garlic and rest of the spices and salt.
  4. Stir ingredients well and cover the pot or skillet with a lid and let cook for about 10 minutes or until the veggies are fork tender but still have a little bit of bite.
  5. Once veggies are cooked, add the quinoa and cilantro. Stir to combine all ingredients.
  6. Serve hot or cold as a side dish, or a main entree!