Roasted Veggie “Sauce” with Quinoa

Let’s say its that day of the week when you really, really, reeeally don’t want feel like cooking. And, going out isn’t an option because you look like you were run over a bus, twice. Of course I am only speaking from my personal experiences. I am sure you all wake up looking like Beyoncé and are fierce as a tiger. Well, go on and be fierce with your bad self, but it still doesn’t change

For your “sauce” you are going to pick your favorite veggies. I chose cheery tomatoes, onions, and zucchinis. I really like using cheery tomatoes in the recipe because they melt down, caramelize and give your dish “sauce,” without actually having to make a sauce. You can use any veggies you have on hand or want to substitute. Just be sure the chop everything and toss it on a roasting pan. Salt, pepper and a touch of olive oil.

 

 

 

 

 

While your veggies are roasting, start the quinoa. Cook according to the directions on the box. I cooked 1 cup of quinoa to get 3 cups cooked. Don’t forget to rinse the quinoa before you cook it. It really does take away the bitter flavor. Also, if you want to add a protein to the dish, this is the time to start that too.

 

 

 

 

 

Magically 30-45 min later your veggies are done. Your quinoa is fluffy, and now you combine them. I tossed mine right on the same baking sheet and served from there. Remember this is the lazy meal. At this point you might want to add a little more pepper, salt or crushed red pepper to the dish. Fresh herbs work nicely too.

Now you can go back to the couch and continue that Netflix marathon your on :). Happy lazy day my friends.

Ingredients:
1 carton Cherry tomatoes
1 onion
1 zucchini
½ tsp pepper
Salt
Cooking oil and oil olive to finnish

Directions:

  1. Chop enough veggies to make at least 4 cups. Spread the veggies on a lines baking sheet. Season with salt, lots of pepper, 4 T of oil. Roast the veggies at 375F for 30-45 minutes, until the are slightly caramelized and thoroughly cooked.
  2. Rinse and cook quinoa according to the packaging directions.
  3. Gently mix the roasted veggies with the cooked quinoa and season to taste.

Notes:

The addition of cheese, or cooked chicken/shrimp would also work with this dish to give you a complete meal. This is also a great cook ahead meal to take as lunch to work. It can be eaten hot or cold.

 

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