Comforting Pumpkin Quinoa

This Comforting Pumpkin Quinoa is simple, nutritious, and delicious — just how I like it!



Feel free to swap out the asparagus and bok choy for any veggies you have on hand for a flexible fall-themed side dish, or top with some beans or cooked chicken to make a balanced meal!


Comforting Pumpkin Quinoa

(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
  • optional: parsley and feta cheese, for garnish


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

2) While the quinoa is cooking, saute your veggies! I sauteed the bok choy and asparagus on medium heat in a drizzle of olive oil and 1/4 tsp. of garlic powder. Continue to saute 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. Top with parsley and feta cheese, if desired.






Mmm. This is a great dish to make a big portion of and eat throughout the week for quick lunches and dinners. Don’t forget the coriander — it makes this dish!

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  1. 2

    Just found your website! Recipes look great. Looking forward to trying them.

  2. 3

    Holy Cow!!!! This looks sooooo good! My girlfriend and I love quinoa, and love pumpkin flavored things (especially coffee!). I can’t wait to cook this for the two of us! Thanks so much. -Andrew

  3. 5

    May I ask what kind of pumpkin? fresh seems like it would take too long to cook. canned, purreed?
    thanks this looks great

  4. 7

    This looks amazing – almost like a pumpkin quinoa risotto! :D

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