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Carrot Quinoa…

I discovered this recipe in 2008 on the Oprah website and have been using it ever since. This dish is truly packed with flavor because you cook the quinoa in carrot juice and not water. Plus the addition of nutmeg gives it a certain punch.

Healthy and Flavorful....A Winning Combo

I also love this recipe because it contains all the right elements for a perfect side dish:

  • you just need a few ingredients
  • it’s got a ton of flavor
  • there’s just a few steps i.e its’ easy to make
  • oh so healthy


1 cup of quinoa, rinsed

1/4 tsp olive oil (I didn’t measure but I’m sure I used more)

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup chopped celery

1/2 cup chopped zucchini

2 cups of bottled carrot juice  (I used Bolthouse)

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper.


Heat a saucepan, and toast the quinoa. Transfer to a bowl. Set aside.

Heat a frying pan, and add olive oil. Add onion, celery, and zucchini. Cook till the vegetables are soft.

Stir in the carrot juice. Bring to a low boil. Stir in the quinoa, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer until liquid has been absorbed and quinoa is tender. About 25 – 30 minutes.

NOTE:  I put the quinoa and the carrot juice in the rice cooker!! It works brilliantly. Here’s  a picture of my beloved rice cooker.

The Rice Cooker Cooks All Sorts of Grains!! (including quinoa)

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5 Responses to “Carrot Quinoa…”

  1. Nily
    July 28th, 2011 at 17:13 | #1

    I made your corn and barley salad last week and everyone love it. I will give this a try too. Thanks.

  2. July 29th, 2011 at 07:48 | #2

    Problem is quinoa is that it is very fattening. On another note I marinated chicken breats in tequila, lime juice and a touch of tabasco with fresh garlic and then put it in the grill … awesome!

  3. July 29th, 2011 at 08:47 | #3

    Looks great!

  4. July 29th, 2011 at 13:05 | #4

    Wow, that looks healthy! In fact, my body may revolt if I ate it…lol. Great choice for a simple and healthy side!

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