Quinoa with Charred Summer Vegetables

Nothing says summer like veggies charred on the grill.  Use any of your garden favorites...or politely ask your neighbor for a few extra zucchini.  Bell peppers, red onions, scallions, mushrooms, eggplant...all of it is up for grabs in this simple taste of summer!

1 cup quinoa
1 medium zucchini
1 medium yellow summer squash
1 small onion
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chiffonade
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chiffonade
1 medium lemon, zest and juice
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

To Cook Quinoa: Heat a medium pot over medium heat.  Add quinoa, cover, and let toast a minute or two.  You will get a nutty aroma and the quinoa will start to "pop".  When about 3/4 of the quinoa is toasted, add 2 cups of water, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender, about 10-12 minutes.  The quinoa will literally "burst", and you'll see little white circles around the grain.  When done, remove lid, fluff with a spoon and set aside.  Or check out this easy video

To char veggies on the grill:  Slice zucchini, squash, and onion into 1/2-inch thick planks.  Char over high heat, turning once, usually about 5-10 minutes.  Remove, cover, and let vegetables steam in their juices while they're cooling.  This is a good time to finish preparing your basil, mint, and lemon.  Once veggies are cool enough to handle, dice into bite-sized pieces.

To char veggies in the broiler:  If you don't have a grill (or if it's 40 degrees on a typical Chicago May Wednesday), you can char your veggies under the broiler in your oven.  Simply set your broiler on "high".  Dice your veggies into bite-sized pieces.  Place on a sheet pan and pop under the broiler.  Broil for about 5-10 minutes, stirring one or two times, until charred to your preference.

To finish dish:  Combine cooked quinoa with charred veggies, basil, mint.  Zest the lemon into the mixture, then slice open and squeeze the lemon juice in.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Servings: 4

Amount Per Serving (1/4 recipe, about 1 1/2 cups)
Calories 188.11
Calories From Fat (14%) 26.18
Calories From Protein (15%) 28.54
Calories From Carbohydrates (71%) 133.39

Total Fat 2.98g 5%
Saturated Fat 0.39g 2%
Monounsaturated Fat 0.71g 
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.54g 
Trans Fatty Acids 0g 
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 591.69mg 25%
Potassium 592.12mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 35.56g 12%
Fiber 6.01g 24%

Sugar 3.05g 
Protein 7.95g 16%


Vitamin A 503.99IU 10%
Vitamin C 35.86mg 60%
Calcium 54.01mg 5%
Iron 3.07mg 17%
Vitamin E 1.17mg 12%
Vitamin D 0.01IU <1%
Thiamin 0.22mg 15%
Riboflavin 0.32mg 19%

Niacin 1.22mg 6%
Vitamin B6 0.43mg 22%
Folate 114.4mcg 29%

Vitamin B12 0.06mcg 1%
Pantothenic Acid 0.54mg 5%
Vitamin K 13.41mcg 17%
Phosphorus 244.15mg 24%
Magnesium 107.33mg 27%

Zinc 1.79mg 12%
Copper 0.33mg 17%
Manganese 1.16mg 58%
Selenium 3.91mcg 6%

Quinoa with Charred Summer Vegetables

Quinoa with Charred Summer Vegetables