Quinoa is back with a vengeance!

Okay, so the last time I posted about quinoa (when I baked with it… have you tried it yet??), my dad sent me a hilarious email. The subject was “Love it”, in regards to my blog post. But then the first line was: “But not Quinoa, whatever the heck that is.”


It’s back, Dad. I’m sorry!! But I bet if I fed it to you you’d like it :)

So tonight I made a lovely new creation with my leftover quinoa for dinner! Clearly, first things first:


Oh, wine. You make cooking so much more awesome! Also, music. Blasting the radio = the best.



Vegetable & Kidney Bean Quinoa



(makes about 2 servings)

  • 1 C (cooked) Quinoa
  • 1.5 C veggie broth
  • 1 can kidney beans (rinsed)
  • 1/2 C tomato sauce
  • Veggies: I used sliced zucchini, squash, green pepper, and tomato.
  • Cracked pepper to taste



Start with the cooked quinoa and veggie broth. Put them both into a pan…


And then add the veggies that need longer to cook. I added my zucchini and squash.


Bring the mixture to a boil. Once it starts boiling, bring it down to a simmer and add the rest of the ingredients — kidney beans, tomatoes, green pepper, tomato sauce, and cracked pepper.



Most of the liquid should have boiled off by now. Stir until it’s warmed through, and then serve!



YUM :) Simple but tasty, my favorite!


And so colorful :) What’s your favorite way to eat quinoa?

Have a great night, friends! I MUST do more work on my personal statement. I made some good progress last night but more needs to happen!!

p.s. I asked my Organic Chemistry professor for a recommendation for grad school today, since sadly my other professor I asked flaked out. Her response? “Well, you’re pretty much the best student in the class, so sure!” :)



  1. 1

    I like to mix quinoa with canned marinated bean salad, specifically Trader Joe’s brand. Not the freshest thing, but it goes really well together.

    That’s great that your professor said that! Are you just applying to one grad program?

    I know I was so flattered! Right now I’m applying to UNC, and then in a month or two I’ll be applying to some other programs as well. We’ll see! For some reason UNC’s is due way earlier than the others. -Anne

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    Hey Anne! Just wanted to say I’m loving your blog and all the fun food ideas! I love eating quinoa as a main dish with lemon juice, tomatoes, olives, and anything else to make it Greek-flavored. yum! Keep up the good work. :)

    Char Mar!!! I’m so excited you’re enjoying the blog :) You totally reminded me of one of my favorite Greek-style quinoa recipes… I’ll have to make that again soon!! xo, Anne

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    I think I agree with your Dad. ;)

    LOL, shut up ;) -Anne

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    Yummy looking dish! I totally agree that wine makes cooking just that much more fun!

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    Looks great! I love mixing quinoa with lentils and green beans :) YUM!

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    Oh that’s the Titus Chardonnay I gave you! Obviously you liked it :)

    Haha clearly ;) I couldn’t remember who brought it!! -Anne

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    I made almost the exact same thing on Tuesday. I had quinoa, (open) pumpkin puree, and (open) kidney beans. I also added ground beef, but that’s cause I love meat and would never give it up!

    Also, please note that this is my SECOND comment on your blog, not just in email form!

    I am very impressed!!! :) -Anne

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    I’ve never tried quinoa, but my friend Bree in my class has been talking about it lately. I am definitely going to try it!

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    what an awesome thing to hear from a professor!

    that quinoa looks fannetastic for sure! i love the texture of quinoa. it’s fun crunchy/chewy.

    love the usage of “fannetastic” ;) -Anne

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    That looks beautiful! For some reason I haven’t cooked quinoa before – I’ve had a bag just sitting in my cabinet for ages! Buuut just maybe I’ll pull it out for this recipe :O)

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