Cheesy zucchini quinoa

Two to three times a week I walk up to the fish counter in my local store and the little Ecuadorian fish man starts unwrapping the salmon before I even have to say anything. Wild Alaskan King is my usual drug of choice. He places a huge piece on the cutting board, looks at me to nod when his knife is above the 3/4-1 lb. mark and I normally do walking away $13-16 poorer within a minute. It’s an efficient transaction.

The other day I got to the counter and a man with a shopping cart filled to the absolute brim (something kind of hard to do in this store since it’s a small, mostly just produce and fish kind of place) was in front of me. I can only assume it was 4th of July prep. As I was starring into his cart (it’s like people watching but better) I heard the fish man say the total out loud as if wanting the man’s approval before wrapping it all up…$223+. So of course I looked up to see what the heck he was buying at that price and that’s when I saw a pile of shrimp almost a foot high, each one the size of my hand. They were wild, fresh and since I’d never seen anything like them before, I figured probably a one-time deal. Out with the salmon, in with the shrimp.

Usually, I’m not bothered by shelling shrimp. I have no problem ripping off their little legs because they’re just that…little. Not so much on these guys. It actually brought me close to the verge of gagging while doing it because they were so big it felt like I was really dismantling a body, not a pathetic little bottom feeder. They were worth it though, huge, succulent and awesome on the grill because they were actually big enough not to fall through the slats.

What any of this has to do with cheesy zucchini quinoa is really nothing other than we ate it all together at the same dinner. With shrimp and fresh sweet corn on the grill, I needed one more thing to complete the summer trifecta. Zucchini sounded like the perfect complement.

According to facebook, most of you are quinoa or brown rice obsessed, so I went with both. Part carb, part complete protein superfood, part epitome of summer vegetable, part cheese. Holy yum.

Not a bad way to get your veggies in and forget about jumbo sized shrimp legs.

3.5 from 2 reviews

Cheesy Zucchini Quinoa
 
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A cheesy, summery side dish packed with vegetables and protein.
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Recipe type: side dish, zucchini, quinoa
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup quinoa
  • ¼ cup brown rice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1½ cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon chopped basil
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a small sauce pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Once hot, add the quinoa and brown rice and toss to coat the grains.
  3. Toast for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add 1½ cups chicken broth and bay leaf, bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cover.
  5. let cook for about 20 minutes until all liquid is absorbed.
  6. Discard bay leaf and transfer to a medium bowl.
  7. Add zucchini, salt & pepper to taste, parmesan, additional chicken broth and basil.
  8. Toss together and serve.

 

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  1. 1

    I had zucchini and quinoa seperately this week – this looks much more delicious.

  2. 2

    Haha I was hoping this recipe would have shrimp in it ;)

  3. 4

    Ewww, I hate peeling shrimp! But worse off I hate devaining them, so gross! I love the quinoa and having rce in it to!! Great recipe!!

  4. 5

    I sort of love judging people by their shopping carts!

  5. 6

    Ahaha – I ALWAYS do that with people’s shopping carts. It’s kind of appalling to see what it’s filled with most of the time.

  6. 7

    HOLY COW! That looks so good! Print *click*

  7. 8

    Ooh this is inspired Gina!

  8. 9

    My side dish for dinner tonight :)

  9. 10

    Oooh, this looks like a good one! Follows my philosophy – if you mix a bunch of yummy things together, the end result is most likely going to be yummy!

    I’m totally a cart judger too. It usually makes me feel a little better about my own cart, sometimes if I’m embarrassed about certain unhealthy items, I hide them under healthy things. Ha, weirdo!

  10. 11

    I love the mix of brown rice and quinoa! Sometimes a mixture of different grains produces the best dishes. I like the different textures in each bite! And anything with cheese… I’ll take :)

  11. 12

    I eat quinoa multiple times per week, I am sure my hubs is sick of it by now. But, he will have to suck it up so that we can try this one. I have never thought of mixing brown rice in, totally brilliant!

  12. 13

    Wow, that’s a graphic story! Dismantling. Whoa.

    Okay onto lighter matters. Quinoa! You remind me I should make it more often!

  13. 14

    That looks so good. I’ve never had quinoa — sorry, don’t come across the computer universe and strangle me.

    Great post and great photos!

  14. 16
    Ashley - baker by nature says:

    Those shrimp sound incredible! I spent last Christmas in Australia and the shrimp there made me swoon – even the small ones where triple the size of the little runts I usually find at the store!! This zucchini/rice/quinoa creation looks like a dream boat side to any meat or fish… Or as is for a meat free meal. Yum!

    • 17
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      I should’ve asked the fish guy where they were from. They looked too fresh to be Australia, but who knows? Maybe?! I doubt anything that good came from the US ;)

  15. 18

    I’ve never mixed quinoa with rice, but it sounds like a great idea! I’ll have to try this :)

  16. 19

    Mmmm, looks terrific. I have a cheesy quiona recipe too…and I love having a healthy alternative to cravings for mac and cheese. :)

  17. 20

    I don’t eat Quinoa enough really – think I should give this a try though!

  18. 21

    Looks really good… I have a question…did you use parboiled brown rice? The brown rice that I use takes 45 min to an hour to cook!

    • 22

      Hi Susan, sorry I missed this question! I used regular brown rice (a combo of long & short grain) not parboiled. For some reason when mixed with the quinoa, it cooked quicker than normal. It usually takes me 30-35 minutes (not quite 45-hour) for brown rice but it was fully cooked in about 20 minutes this time. I actually thought it odd too, but it worked somehow. You could always cook it a bit longer if for some reason it’s not fully cooked for you in that time frame.

      • 23
        Lisa Weaver says:

        Our brown rice was down right chewy (completely underdone), but the quinoa was done & we didn’t want to overdo that component. Also, I would salt and drain the shredded zucchini the next time; the final dish was pretty soupy.

  19. 24

    Mmm, this looks really tasty!

  20. 25

    cheese… zucchini… quinoa!? hello, heaven!
    xo
    http://allykayler.blogspot.ca/

  21. 26

    That was quite the purchase! I would have been taken back by a filled cart of seafood of any kind too. At least it was hopefully party food lol

  22. 27

    Yum, love Quinoa! Cant wait to try this.

  23. 28

    This sounds like a wonderful–and filing dish! Great combinations! Definitely looking forward to trying it…real soon!

  24. 29

    Haha I loved it when you said..”what this has to do with cheesy zucchini I have no idea” lol anyways this looks great, I love quinoa and use it in so many dishes. Just added some to soup the other day and it turned out great!

  25. 30

    AMAZING!!!! This recipe was actually my first time to try quinoa…..yummy way to start!!!! I’m a quinoa-lover now!!!!

  26. 31

    Tried this last night and LOVED it! It was my husband’s first quinoa experience and he raved about it. I’ve already shared the website and recipe with two co-workers and my sister. Thank you!!! Looking forward to trying a few more recipes.

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