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Quinoa with Herbs and Zucchini

Quinoa with Herbs and Zucchini

Ever since I started preparing quinoa I had this urge to layer it. I don’t like the look of quinoa through a dish. I especially like quinoa in salads, but I would feel that the vibrant colors would almost disappear when adding the quinoa. So I started layering and this quinoa with herbs and zucchini was the result.

Quinoa is a good source of protein. Quinoa is also a plant-based source of plant-derived magnesium and calcium. (source)

When I first got introduced to quinoa I actually didn’t like the taste that much. Only later on when I started ”dressing up” the quinoa with herbs and vegetables I started to love the nutty taste. To me the taste is actually a mixture of oatmeal, grains and nuts.

This dish is an emergency meal (quick, cheap and healthy). A dish that you would prepare when you are super hungry, don’t have time, only a few products available and you just don’t want to be in the kitchen longer than 15 minutes. You just want to eat.

So run into your kitchen and search for a vegetable. I had one zucchini. Yeah!

Quinoa with Herbs and Zucchini

Quinoa Layering

  • Author: The Green Creator
  • Prep Time: 2 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 22 mins
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: lunch,dinner
  • Cuisine: easy, vegan, glutenfree, grainfree, sugarfree, dairyfree,


An easy and quick meal with quinoa and herbs with a hint of lemon.



  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 2 cups of water
  • one lemon
  • some herbs such as parsley
  • one zucchini (broccoli or cauliflower will also be a good match)


  1. Rinse one cup of quinoa and add two cups of water. Boil it. Meanwhile wash en cook shortly the zucchini. After that chop some herbs like parlsey. Stir the quinoa. Wait a bit for it to boil. After about 15 minutes you can start layering, that is if all the water is gone. The quinoa should be dry. A little bit more vegetables than quinoa is the ideal. But hey if you’re hungry, you have to do what you have to do. Add more quinoa.
  2. So start with the first layer, add some slices zucchini, add some parsley , sprinkle some lemon. Repeat until you have a pile of quinoa and zucchini. End with some herbs and lemon juice. Serve.

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