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Quinoa with Garden Vegetables

A veggie packed, high protein side dish or light main meal that takes advantage of all the summer garden vegetables.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Entree, Side Dish
Cuisine: dairy free, egg free, gluten free, nut free, oil free, soy free, vegan
Servings: 4
Calories: 241kcal


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 red onion , sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 medium zucchini (cut in half lengthwise and sliced thin) (about 2 cups)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • 8 oz sweet green peas
  • 3-4 large swiss chard leaves (stems removed, chopped) (about 2 cups)
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp salt (or to taste)


  • Rinse quinoa in a fine sieve under cold water. Place quinoa, water and lime juice in the Instant Pot with valve sealed and set for 1 minute. When finished, press stop and let it sit for 10 minutes. Open valve and lid and fluff quinoa. (Alternately, cook quinoa on the stovetop according to package directions, adding in the juice of 1/2 lime.)
  • While the quinoa is cooking, whisk together the dijon mustard, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar and 1/8 tsp salt and set aside.
  • Heat a sauté pan over medium heat. When hot, pour in the vegetable broth and red onion slices. Cook the onion, stirring occasionally for about 3-4 minutes or until starting to soften. (If the pan gets too dry, add another 1 tbsp of vegetable broth at a time just so the onions don't stick).
  • Add the garlic, zucchini and a sprinkle of salt/pepper and sauté 2 minutes until starting to soften, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the green peas, swiss chard and dressing. Stir and heat through for another 2 minutes.
  • Plate the quinoa with the vegetable mixture on top...or just mix it all together. Serve immediately.


Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 514mg | Potassium: 543mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2850IU | Vitamin C: 25.6mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 5.4mg