Quick & Easy Quinoa Pilaf with Coconut #HighFiber

Quick & Easy Quinoa Pilaf with Coconut #HighFiber



I’m more than half way through the A-Z Blogging challenge and am blogging the letter Q. I had no trouble coming up with a topic here. Quinoa , the magic high protein grain is the new black it seems. Salad it, cook it,  bake it or stuff it onto veggies it is  a delish highly nutritious grain which literally grabs the flavor of anything it touches. Higher protein than other grains makes it a great dish for vegans  as a good source of meatless protein.  It is also high in fiber , low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Manganese. I discovered it a few months back and have tried to get my family to eat it. This warm rice pilaf is a family favorite. I put a lot of veggies and some beans into it to make it a high fiber dish. It also makes a nice high protein snack and I have tried stuffing this pilaf into peppers to make a yummy appetizer. The key to making this a quick and easy dish is to soak the quinoa grains in water for 4-6 hrs and then they will cook super fast. You can make this stove top or in a rice cooker.


Quick & Easy Quinoa Pilaf #HighFiber

Yield: 10- 12 servings

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Add any combo of veggies to make your favorite rice pilaf. Stuff into Peppers and bake for a delish appetizer


  • Quinoa - 2 cups
  • Olive Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger - 1 tsp grated or paste
  • Chili flakes - 1/2 tsp ( optional)
  • Onion - 1 finely chopped
  • Tomato - 1 diced
  • Green pepper - 1 diced
  • Yellow pepper - 1 diced
  • Zucchini - 1 cup diced
  • Lima beans - 1 cup
  • Cilantro - 1/2 cup finely chopped
  • Coconut flakes - 1 tbsp
  • Water - 4 cups
  • Salt - to taste or 1 tsp


  1. Wash quinoa a couple of times till water runs clear
  2. Soak quinoa in water for 4-6 hrs
  3. Heat oil, add chopped onions and saute till onions are transparent
  4. Add ginger, cumin and saute for 1 minute
  5. Add all chopped vegetables and saute for 2 minutes
  6. Add quinoa and saute for 1 minute
  7. Add 4 cups water and salt and simmer for 20 minutes or till quinoa is soft
  8. Add chopped cilantro and coconut flakes and mix well into cooked quinoa and simmer for 2 minutes
  9. Serve warm as a side or main dish.


To read more in my A- Z  Blogging challenge, click here and check back tomorrow to read my post on the letter R. I am doing a post on Resveratrol, the red wine extract  that is the new potent nutrition supplement. It has huge benefits! You will want to read about it !!!


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6 thoughts on “Quick & Easy Quinoa Pilaf with Coconut #HighFiber”

  • Have been toying with the idea of using quinoa & this recipe looks quite delish ! Thanks , will try it out. Wonder how it will come out with cous cous ! Have some at home.

  • Neat!! This seems like a spicy recipe & am all about adding spice to my meals. I always like adding cumin & will def be adding the chili flakes !

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