Comforting Pumpkin Quinoa & 5k Races

Last night, I was craving pumpkin. I wanted something comforting and warm, but light enough to fit the summery weather outside. This was the perfect end-of-summer-almost-into-fall dish :)


Simple, nutritious, and delicious — just how I like it :)


Early Fall Pumpkin Quinoa (vegan)

(makes 3 servings)


  • 1 C cooked quinoa (I used red; regular is fine)
  • 1 baby bok choy, chopped
  • 1 bunch asparagus, chopped
  • Olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp. garlic powder (divided)
  • 3/4 C water
  • 1 C pumpkin
  • 3/4 tsp. coriander
  • Salt & cracked pepper to taste


1) Start by cooking your quinoa as directed on the package.


2) While the quinoa is cooking, sauté your veggies! I sautéed the bok choy and asparagus on medium heat in a drizzle of olive oil and 1/4 tsp. of garlic powder.


Continue to sauté until the veggies are soft (only takes a few minutes).


3) Reduce the heat to low, then add in your cooked quinoa!


4) Mix it all up, then add in the water and the pumpkin.



5) Finally, add in the remaining garlic powder (1/2 tsp.) and the 3/4 tsp. coriander. Stir it all up and makes sure it’s heated through, then add salt and cracked pepper to taste.


Mmm. The coriander seriously made this dish. It might be my new favorite spice! Although… cumin will always have my heart ;)

Enjoy! I love making big meals like this because I have leftovers to enjoy for quick lunches or dinners later this week :) Yum!


In other news, I’m continuing to get settled here in Chapel Hill! I absolutely love that everyone in my program is social and organizing all sorts of fun activities all the time. Plus, it’s awesome that a lot of them like to work out as much as I do. Having workout buddies is so key! Last night, I went to an AMAZING 90 minute power yoga class (so hard!) at Franklin Street Yoga with my classmate Libby, and this morning I went for another great combination trail/street run with the same girls from Saturday!


We did 4 miles, starting at 7 a.m. I love morning runs because I feel so accomplished the rest of the day :)

Speaking of running — I’m heading over to Charlotte this weekend for a sleepover party and 5k race with miss Caitlin! I’m excited :) I’ve actually only done two 5k’s before — they were my very first races in 2006 and 2007! It’s been all 5 milers, 10ks, 10 milers, and my half marathon since! My 5k PR from 2007 is 25:42 (an 8:17 pace). I’m hoping to blow that out of the water on Saturday :)


(Yep, totally keep all my old race bibs! Do you?)

Today is my day off from classes, so I’ll be spending the day doing some more unpacking, getting some homework and reading done, and getting my hair highlighted at the Aveda Institute! It’s a training school and super cheap. Here’s hoping they don’t make my hair orange ;)

Have a good one!


  1. 1

    this sounds really good! i was thinking it would be a sweet recipe, but i love the fact that it’s savory instead :)

  2. 2

    That quinoa sounds INCREDIBLE! I would have to leave out some veggies, but it sounds great.

  3. 3

    Mmmm I loooooove pumpkin. Can’t wait for Libby’s to be back on the shelves!

  4. 4

    That quinoa looks great. It’s been pumpkin all over the blogs this week and I’m loving it! I’m so ready for fall.

  5. 5

    I would always go to Aveda on Franklin Street…They always did a great job, but be prepared, it is a LONG appointment. Since they have to keep talking to their instructors (many of whom don’t really need to), it’s definitely not your typical hair experience.

  6. 6

    So much fun info in this post. I think quinoa is almost better as leftovers! Whatever you’ve cooked it with has had the chance to really absorb. Mmmm. Very fun about the highlights and the race this weekend. You and Caitlin are going to fly through 3.1! Can’t wait to read recaps.

  7. 7

    When I want pumpkin, I always think sweet… let’s see if I get fixated now, too!

    That’s a good pace… good luck!

  8. 8

    Well I adore coriander so this pumpkin quinoa looks amazingly delicious to me! And good luck on the 5K this weekend!!

  9. 9

    SO jealous of your pumpkin.. My local stores still haven’t stocked up those yet.

    Good luck with the race!

  10. 10

    Good luck in the 5K, Anne! Be steady at the start, and run the second half faster than the first half!

  11. 11

    You’re gonna rock the 5K! Just remember that when the last 0.1 hurts, that means you went as fast as you could ;)

    and also remember you have delicious pumpkin quinoa Noms to munch on.

  12. 12

    I almost drooled on my iphone when you tweeted about this last night . . . can’t wait to try it :)

  13. 13

    Good luck with your 5k! I’m sure you’ll rock it!

  14. 14

    I bought a can of pumpkin Monday. My grocery store has been out all summer. They said it is a seasonal product. I told them I like it all year long.

    PS: When is Matt coming home??? You two make a cute couple

  15. 16

    That dish looks awesome! I’ve already started stockpiling cans of pumpkin for the season :-) And cumin is my fav. spice too.

  16. 17

    How awesome for the race this weekend. I bet you’re going to do awesome! What an impressive race time you had before too.

    And thanks for the kind words in your tweet today. :)

  17. 18

    Okay, now that sounds fantastic!

  18. 19

    Would have never thought of this combination. But it looks so good I’m trying it tonight, thank you!


  19. 20

    Ah! the aveda school in chapel hill is awesome! I’ve been there before to get my nails done and one of the nurses I work with at duke lives in carborro and she goes there all of the time :)

    enjoy your 5k this weekend! hope to see you at one in the durham/ chapel hill area sometime this fall/ winter! :)

  20. 21

    I love the idea of adding pumpkin to Quinoa. Actually, I love the idea of adding Pumpkin to just about anything, but this recipe sounds fantastic Anne!

  21. 22

    The quinoa sounds great!
    How awesome that you have a whole new group of workout buddies:)

  22. 23

    Have a fab 5K and show off your speedy skills :) Hope your hair looks super pretty :)

  23. 24

    I hate to admit that I am a dunce, but hey I guess I am. Just what is Quinoa. Is it in the grain family. It’s new to me.


  24. 26

    I keep all of my race bibs, and I’m starting to have quite the collection! I am looking into some sort of frame to hang them in with my medals.

  25. 27

    Bring on the pumpkin! I love that fall is upon us. Have fun running this weekend with Caitlin.

  26. 28

    I love pumpkin but it is so hard to find now a days. I have one huge can in my pantry for when I get the craving for it.

  27. 29

    Great idea for “warm weather” pumpkin! I really wanted some this morning so I just sweated through a bowl of pumpkin oats, haha

    So awesome you’ve got active people around you there!! Sounds like a lot of fun.

    Good luck with the hair! :)

  28. 30

    I’ve been craving pumpkin like crazy too since I’m feeling like it’s time for fall. I had my first Pumpkin Spice Latte from the ‘Bucks this morning in celebration of autumn. This quinoa looks delish.

  29. 32

    YUM!!! I’m all about anything pumpkin!

  30. 33

    Your picture illustrating Step #3 is really nice! It very pleasing to the eyes. :-) Good luck on Saturday!

  31. 34

    oooh have fun! You guys will have a great race… I just know it!

  32. 35

    This looks so delicious.I saw your blog from the foodie blog roll and I like what you have here.if you won’t mind I’d love to guide Foodista readers to this post.Just add the quinoa widget to the end of this post and it’s all set, Thanks and goodluck with the race!

  33. 36

    I keep my old race bibs too!

    The quinoa is such a beautiful color! I am so excited for Fall — it is pretty crisp here in MN today and it has me in such a good mood. Good luck at your 5K this weekend!

  34. 37

    I tried quinoa for the first time this week and I wasn’t honestly that crazy about it. But your pumpkin recipe is making me want to try it again because who doesn’t love pumpkin?!

  35. 38

    All these recipes look good, but where’s the nutritional information?? I won’t even try something until I know the values, as I eat clean.

    • 39

      I eat very clean as well, but I don’t count calories so I don’t usually calculate the caloric info for my recipes. A few of my baked goods include the caloric information, per request, and I’m working on adding more, but I just haven’t had time to sit down and calculate them all. I’m sorry!

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