Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.

    1CRAZYDOG   353,363
Greater than 350,000 SparkPoints

From My Kitchen to Yours with Spark!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Here's a recipe to get things going into the Fall Season when you're looking for what to do with those fresh veggies!

Quinoa and Sugar Snap Peas

1/2 cup quinoa
1-1/2 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced (more if you like garlic -- I like garlic!)
1 teaspoon chili powder (or could substitute cumin -- both add that smoky flavor)
1 cup chicken of vegetable stock (I use stock, not broth -- less salt, more flavorful)
3/4 cup chopped sugar snap peas
2 Tablespoon chopped cilantro leaves
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
salt to taste (I might add just a pinch, but not much -- make it to your liking)

Rinse the quinoa thoroughly by rinsing in a sieve. In a 2 quart nonstick pan, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring until slightly softened, about two minutes. Definitely do not want to overcook the garlic as that can turn it a bit bitter.

Stir in the chili powder (or cumin) until absorbed. Add the quinoa and cook, stirring until coated with the chili mixture, about 1 minute. Add the stock and bring to a boil. You'll notice as the quinoa heats and cooks, it will have a tiny white "tail" as that grain opens up. That's normal! Reduce heat and simmer covered for about 12 minutes. Stir in the sugar snap peas, cilantro, pepper and salt (if desired) Give it a quick taste before adding the salt. Simmer, covered, for 3 to 5 minutes longer or until quinoa has cooked through.

Serves: 4
calories: 126
carbohydrates: 19.81 grams
fat: 3.42 grams
protein: 4.71 grams
fiber: 2.56 grams

Quinoa is an interesting, healthy grain. It is the only complete protein grain!
You can use ANY kind of vegetable in this recipe in addition to or instead of the snap peas. Any vegetable pairs well with it. So, if you have zucchini from the garden, for example, that would be a great addition or substitution for the snap peas.

My family loves this as the weather gets a little cooler. Very filling and nutritious.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
INFLATED 10/5/2012 3:46AM

    I saved it to a recipe file I keep on my computer. Thanks.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUSANS706 9/29/2012 11:29AM

    Yum! I am def. going to try this one!! Thank you for sharing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CEEBEEMD 9/26/2012 10:51PM

    Mmmm! I have yet to experiment with quinoa, but it looks so delicious. And I love Sugar Snap Peas. This sounds great thanks for sharing and thanks for stopping by. I hope u added this to the recipe database so I can save it for later.

PS I had heard of quinoa for a LONG time but it wasnt until a couple of years ago i learned its pronounced like KIN-WAH. I was always calling it KWIN-OH-AH lol

Comment edited on: 9/26/2012 10:52:54 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
K1TT3N 9/26/2012 7:16PM

    awesome Thanks for sharing

Report Inappropriate Comment
THECRAZYMANGO 9/23/2012 8:30PM

    I LOVE quinoa!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RONNIEHUEY 9/20/2012 7:31PM

    I will give the recipe to my sister who has Celtics Disease.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LJCANNON 9/19/2012 4:15PM

    emoticon I have been wanting to try Quinoa. This sounds like a Great Recipe to start with!
emoticon Thanks for sharing it!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LEANJEAN6 9/19/2012 3:57PM

    Dear Virtual One!---I will keep this recipe and try it--You make great sounding stuff!---Thanks also for the support you send my way--It is appreciated girlie!-Lynda emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SLS-NY2IN 9/18/2012 9:41PM

    Sounds great. hugs, Sherry

Report Inappropriate Comment
IAMAGEMLOVER 9/17/2012 2:18PM

    Sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LINDAMARIEZ1 9/16/2012 8:34PM

    thank you for the recipe! It is nice to share recipes! hugs coming your way!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHAY1KM 9/16/2012 2:50PM

    sounds great! thanks for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
RONNIEHUEY 9/16/2012 12:57PM

    Will try it!

Report Inappropriate Comment
COMPUCATHY 9/16/2012 11:56AM

    Sounds amazing! So fresh and healthy! I have the bluest skies ever...right outside my window! Hope you do too! Have a GREAT weekend! Thank you for ALL your encouragement! I really appreciate having a great SP friends like you! Keep up the good work! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CLAIREINPARIS 9/16/2012 6:15AM

    Yum! I am keeping this recipe, it sounds both delicious and easy to make. Thank you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHARON10002 9/15/2012 11:15PM

    I've had this served to me by a few other people, but have never tried it for myself. I'm not much of a "grain person" - i.e. barley, rice, etc. You might get me to try this one! Sounds very good! I too am chomping at the bit to get into the comfort foods of fall and winter like soups and stews.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARTHAWILL 9/15/2012 9:04PM

    I use quinoa a lot. Sounds like a yummy recipe. Thanks for that.
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
FLPALM 9/15/2012 8:27PM

    OMGoodness! I gotta try your recipes, all the things I enjoy!
Thanks for sharing,

Report Inappropriate Comment
LINDAKAY228 9/15/2012 11:41AM

    Sounds good! Thanks for sharing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEWMOM20121 9/15/2012 9:11AM

    Thank you for sharing. I am going to try it this weekend.

Report Inappropriate Comment
NANCY- 9/15/2012 9:03AM

    Sounds yummy and also it might work with other veggies too.
Thanks for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSLZZY 9/15/2012 8:43AM

    Can't wait to try this! HUGS!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHERYLDS 9/15/2012 8:38AM

    that sounds great .... I'm going to throw in some finely chopped carrots and zucchini too

Report Inappropriate Comment
SPARKFRAN514 9/15/2012 1:45AM

    went shopping and found it at huckleberries a health food store we inside a regular store and its on the list for Sunday Dinner so will let you know how it turns out. thanks for sharing. thanks for the tea drinking it as spark and then as i plan my weeks meals

Report Inappropriate Comment
NASFKAB 9/14/2012 11:00PM

  plan to try making it once am home but no sugar snap peas then

Report Inappropriate Comment
ECOAGE 9/14/2012 9:59PM

    I WANT to LIKE quinoa. I really do want to. I have some on my pantry shelf. I've had it in prepared dishes from Whole Foods and it's always a winner but something about making it myself ... I have yet to find a "favorite" method for cooking it. The texture is never right.

Ok, Barb, you're on! I don't have Bonus Points to pass out but I'll give you something worth at least 15 goodie points if this recipe is a a hit with my family.

Report Inappropriate Comment

    GREAT! THANKS for sharing! Sounds delicious!


Report Inappropriate Comment
RORYLYONS 9/14/2012 5:45PM

    emoticon can't wait to try it... emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MADAMES 9/14/2012 4:35PM

    Interesting info about quinoa! I know that it has become quite popular, but I haven't yet given it a try. A complete protein is quite enticing...

emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PEGGY-BEE 9/14/2012 4:06PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
HAGIN2010 9/14/2012 2:48PM

    emoticon recipe. It looks very good.

Report Inappropriate Comment
A-NEW-TARA 9/14/2012 2:35PM

    I love quinoa, definitely going to be making this one! Thank you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ILOVEMALI 9/14/2012 2:30PM


I tried a quinoa breakfast recipe that we found on Spark site -- ewww. Yours sounds better!

Report Inappropriate Comment
EVER-HOPEFUL 9/14/2012 2:24PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
PATRICIAANN46 9/14/2012 2:12PM

  Hi Barb.......
This sounds so good!!!!! emoticon And........Have a great weekend.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIVINGFREE19 9/14/2012 2:08PM

    Sounds awesome, I'm goingto make it tonight!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GERIKRAGH 9/14/2012 1:57PM

    I can't wait for fall cooking. I made jambalya last night and it probably wasn't the best choice for 100 degree weather but everyone liked it. I can't wait for stews and soups.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MILLISMA 9/14/2012 1:55PM

    Thanks for the recipe. I love cooking with quinoa!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment

Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

Log in to post a comment.

Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.