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Spicy Quinoa Primavera

This is one of all my all-time favorite recipes from my good friend, Alissa. She is an amazing cook and knows the best healthy short cuts, especially when it comes to Italian food. I am always begging her add to her site, The Healthy Way to Love Food, which is just as quirky and cute as she is. (Her recipe for Truffula Fries is a must see, not only because it is delicious, but it also "reads like a song to Dr. Seuss." I also plan on making "Phatty Cupcakes" this weekend.)

But back to this recipe- it's nutritious, hearty, and filling. It satisfies my Italian tooth- red sauce and all- without all the butter and heavy pasta. :)


Serves: 4

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes


  • 1 cup of quinoa (any type)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 2 broccoli crowns
  • 2 tomatos
  • 1 eggplant
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce (or if you're like me, a little bit more)


  1. Bring quinoa, water, and chicken stock to a boil and let simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. While quinoa is cooking, mince garlic and cut up veggies.
  3. Sauté the fresh veggies and garlic in good olive oil on medium heat in large frying pan.
  4. Add spices and adjust to taste.
  5. Once cooked, add red sauce to medley.
  6. Serve immediately over warm quinoa.


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