Quinoa with Roasted Peppers

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This quinoa salad combines mini sweet roasted peppers soaked in olive oil and garlic and topped with crumbled feta cheese.
Quinoa with Roasted Peppers

Quinoa salad with mini sweet roasted bell peppers.

This quinoa salad reminds me of some of the food I ate as kid.  My family never ate fast food growing up.  When your parents come from the “old country”, fast food just isn’t part of their vocabulary.  Everything we ate was homemade and every meal was stretched.  Nothing ever went to waste.   While the food wasn’t fun, it was healthy.

When you are a kid, you don’t want anything healthy, like, quinoa, you want to eat what everyone else is eating.  Imagine unpacking your lunch at school to find a thermos full of water,  a hard salami sandwich on rye bread, a pickled green tomato (oh you heard me right) and Fig Newtons!  Nothing will set you apart from your peers quite like pickled green tomatoes, let me tell you!  Thankfully the green tomatoes stopped.  Unfortunately, everything else stayed.  For goodness sakes, I just wanted Ho Ho’s and Fritos!!

Quinoa with Roasted Peppers

Quinoa and roasted peppers is healthy, quick and delicious!

When I was fifteen, I got my first job.  I made sandwiches at a local sandwich chain.  I gained 10 pounds.  I stuffed my face with every bit of junk I could find!  I felt I had to make up for lost time.   Then college came and I happily put on the freshman fifteen.  That’s about the time I realized that mom’s cooking was actually good and that I missed it.  It took a while, but I finally came to appreciate my mom’s wholesome foods and her unadulterated meals.

This quinoa dish was part of our dinner  tonight.  My family loves eating grains and preparing the quinoa in chicken broth added so much flavor, my kids loved it!  We are HUGE pepper eaters in this house.  I love using the mini sweet peppers, they are bite sized and yes, sweeter, especially when roasted.

I am guilty of letting my kids indulge in sweets like whoopie pies or cookies.   And we certainly aren’t strangers to junk food.   But for the most part, we eat really well.    While we don’t exactly eat the foods from my childhood (my kids have never eaten a Fig Newton), I am very aware of what my kids put into their bodies.  I want them to be happy,  but also healthy.    That’s why this dish was perfect.    I was so happy with the amount of healthy quinoa consumed by my kids, I offered them an extra helping of dessert!   As soon as the offer flew out of my mouth I realized that extra dessert probably negates all the health benefits of the quinoa.  Oh well.  I’ll give them extra quinoa next time!

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Quinoa with Roasted Peppers
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups quinoa
  • 3 cloves garlic, divided, minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 package mini bell peppers
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • 4 oz Feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Italian leaf parsely
  1. For the quinoa: Bring 3 cups chicken broth and 1 clove of garlic to a boil. Stir in quinoa, cover and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer for 15-20 or until chicken broth is absorbed.
  2. Meanwhile, spray a skillet or stove top grill pan with cooking spray. Arrange peppers in a single layer and cook until peppers have blistered on each side and have softened. Remove to a serving bowl. Mix in remaining garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Add quinoa to peppers and stir well. Sprinkle feta cheese over quinoa and top with parsely.

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45 Responses

  1. Tanya, this looks amazing!! I just passed a package of those peppers the other day at the grocery store. Great idea, I am soo making this next week. Pinning now! :)

    • I’m going to have to more peppers! Thanks Krista!

  2. Tanya, you are making me hungry! I am so ready to start grilling vegetables again and this looks fabulous. I love the fact that you can mix anything with quinoa and it still tastes good! Great photos!

    • Oh I love grilled veggies!! Can’t wait for summertime. And you are right, quinoa goes with anything!

  3. I tried quinoa for the first time a couple weeks ago and I’ve been looking for more recipes ever since. This looks really good! You can’t go wrong with garlic and feta!

    • I have only recently discovered how good quinoa is! Now it’s addicting!

  4. We weren’t allowed junk food either, for the most part. Looking back, we didn’t know how good we had it! I’ve a box of quinoa that I was going to prepare as I would a couscous salad — until now. Thanks to you, Tanya, I’m going to follow you into uncharted waters and give your recipe a tray. I’m in good hands. You just cannot go wrong with roasted peppers and cheese. Thanks for sharing!

    • Oh no, if it doesn’t turn out, just lie to me!!! Thank you John, as you usual!

  5. Love all the color! We love peppers too!!! …always the first veggie missing on a veggie tray.

    • Definitely the first to go here too! Thank you Shiloh!

  6. Pinning now! I am always on the lookout for new quinoa recipes – this looks great!

    • I see more quinoa in our future, thats for sure!

  7. Wow- this looks so yummy and colorful. I love your photos too by the way. Makes me want to just jump into my computer and go have dinner. 😉

    I’d love for you to link this up to Wonderful Food Wednesday this week.. or one or two other recipes if you’d like. We’re always ready to go on All She Cooks at 7pm Central on Tuesday, if you’d like to join us.

    • Thank you Jessica! Would love to link up!

  8. I am just jumping into the world of quinoa recipes, and this is definitely going on my to-do list! Thanks so much for sharing at Time to Sparkle Tuesday : )

    xoxo Liz

  9. I love quinoa and am always looking for new recipes. This sounds wonderful!

    • Thank you! Quinoa is my new favorite food!

  10. I love quinoa and am overdue to make some. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • I love Quinoa too! I’m thrilled to have been an inspiration!

  11. I love to use the mini bell peppers. They are so cute and look really great in this salad. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures.

    • Those mini peppers are the best and I can’t stop buying them! Thanks Christie!

  12. Oh my gosh Tanya, you had me laughing so hard! I can just picture you eating your pickled tomatoes in the cafeteria. So funny! And, by the way, this dish is gorgeous! I love the colors.

    • Happy to entertain you Nicole! I haven’t eaten a pickled tomato in probably 20 (or so) years!! Thank you Nicole. I love the colors of those little peppers!

  13. Yay for pretty and healthy quinoa recipes (and Twitter where I found this :) )
    I was always the only kid that had whole wheat bread on my sandwiches. And now my kids share that same fate. But I make up for all the carrots and grains with cookies. Next year I might try a pickled tomato to see what happens.

    • Hahaha, DON”T do the pickled tomatoes!!! Yeah my kids suffer through the whole grains too, but they don’t even complain. Thank goodness!

  14. Patty

    Made this today and it’s absolutely delish!!!! Thanks for the recipe! I had some quinoa in my freezer and charred the regular red and green bell peppers on the grill. worked out perfect.

    • I’m so excited Patty! Thank you so much for coming back to share!

  15. I really need to find some quinoa and try this stuff! It looks amazing!

  16. Tanya, I can’t believe I’ve missed this post for so long! It looks so amazing! My parents were the exact same way. I distinctly remember one of my mom’s friends arguing with her, trying to get her to let me have a few sips of soda, lol! And like you, now I crave my mom’s cooking. The lunch you described actually sounds kind of awesome! Hahaha! I can’t wait to try this!

  17. Kelsey

    I just want to tell you that I’ve made this a couple times now, and both times it has been devoured. We love it. Until now, I had never roasted peppers in skillet like that; so thank you for teaching me a new skill! The only thing I do differently is cut off the tops of the peppers ahead of time. Five stars!

    • I am so happy to hear this Kelsey! My mom would roast bushels of peppers and it would take her hours, I had to find a simpler way! Thank you so much for the high rating, for trying the recipe and taking time to comment.

  18. […] Grains: I like to keep a bag of quinoa, couscous and barley in my pantry.  The are a healthy, lean alternative to pasta and white rice.  I love adding quinoa to chili and salads.  I also love eating quinoa as it’s own dish. […]


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