Carrot, Tomato, and Spinach Quinoa Pilaf


I remember my aunt telling me about quinoa, saying it was wonderfully healthy food, and what do you know? It's kosher for Passover! I decided to beef up my quinoa with fresh vegetables, cooked until tender, not mushy. As a side dish, this spinach and carrot recipe serves 4 to 5, but I've been known to eat half of it as a meal on its own.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
2 1/2 cups


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • ½ onion, chopped

  • 1 cup quinoa

  • 2 cups water

  • 2 tablespoons vegetarian chicken-flavored bouillon granules

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon thyme

  • 1 carrot, chopped

  • 1 tomato, chopped

  • 1 cup baby spinach


  1. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir onion in hot oil until translucent, about 5 minutes. Lower heat, stir in quinoa, and toast, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Stir in water, bouillon granules, pepper, and thyme; increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes.

  2. Stir in carrots. Cover and simmer until all water is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Turn off heat, add tomatoes and spinach, and stir until spinach is wilted and tomatoes have released all their moisture, about 2 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

165 Calories
4g Fat
27g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 165
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Sodium 52mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 8mg 41%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 376mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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