“Seedy” Quinoa : A Vegetarian Recipe Fit for the Birds (gluten-free)

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seedy quinoa
This recipe for quinoa with seeds started with simply adding sunflower seeds… then I must have started channeling a sparrow or something & went a little seed crazy…lol.  Since quinoa is actually a seed as well, this could have been aptly named a bowl o’ seeds, but calling it “seedy” was the only thing that kept me from calling it bird seed for people, so it won…lol.

I liked the varying textures of the different seeds in this.  Some roasted vegetables or grilled meats would team well with it, but I had it by itself and only chirped a few times. 😉

Remember to keep portion sizes moderate on this one.  All these seeds are packed with a lot of nutrients… including calories.  Recipe is gluten-free, and if you chose vegetable stock, vegan too.

"Seedy" Quinoa
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  • ½ tbs oil
  • 1 cup diced sweet onion
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • ½ cup shelled sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup shelled pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • 1½ cups low sodium chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • tsp sesame oil
  1. Put oil in pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and garlic, and saute for about 1 minute, then add the quinoa, sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds. Toast, stirring frequently, until quinoa is nicely toasted, seeds are showing a little color and onions are cooked.
  3. Add the stock and bay. Cover and reduce to med-low. Simmer about 20 minutes until liquid has been absorbed.
  4. Drizzle with sesame oil while still hot, but off burner, and stir in before serving.


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  1. says

    I’ve made a few different Quinoa recipes but never anything with sunflower and pumpkin seeds. It sounds really yummy!

    • Robin Gagnon says

      I never did claim to be exactly normal now did I ;P

  2. says

    I’ve never cooked with quinoa before, but now I want to try it.

  3. says

    I’ve always wanted to try quinoa but never found a recipe that sounds tasty but this one does. Thanks for sharing!

  4. says

    My husband really like quinoa so I will have to share this with him. Look great.

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