This recipe is inspired by one of my hubby’s friends, Ryan. I thought it was pretty cool when he invited us over for dinner and proceeded to cook the entire meal as vegetarian. Generally speaking, most guys that I know really enjoy their meat and potatoes, but I am definitely noticing a trend of not only women, but men who are open to more meat-less recipes and I just think that is pretty fantastic!
I was impressed when Ryan came up with this dish. The flavor combination is the bomb, sundried tomatoes, garlic and ginger are so delicious together. And with quinoa making for a great plant-based protein option and shredded carrots for added nutrients, this dish is fairly healthy as well!
This recipe makes a great side dish but it is also versatile enough that you can add additional ingredients to make it more of a main meal. I love adding a chickpeas and chopped spinach for a filling, healthy lunch or dinner. The flavor profile also works great with rice substituted for the quinoa. Plus, this dish holds up well as leftovers in the fridge, so definitely another good recipe to make at the beginning of the week if you are looking for easy go-to lunches for work.
I’m so glad Ryan introduced us to this tasty and nutritious sundried-tomato and carrot quinoa recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups vegetable stock (or water)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp garlic, minced (about 4 cloves)
- 2 tbsp ginger, finely grated (2-3 inch piece)
- 1 & ½ cups grated carrot (3-4 medium carrots)
- 4 tbsp sundried tomatoes, chopped (buy the jar that has them in seasoned oil)
- 2 tbsp seasoned oil from the sundried tomato jar
- salt & pepper to taste
- Combine quinoa and vegetable stock in pot and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes on low heat. Fluff with a fork and set aside for an additional 5 minutes with lid on
- Heat olive oil in large pan on medium low heat. Add garlic and ginger and saute for about 5 minutes. Add grated carrots, chopped sundried tomatoes and sundried tomato oil and saute for 2-3 minutes. Fold in cooked quinoa and add salt and pepper to taste