I had the best of intentions when making this dish.

But somehow my busy week got the best of me and by the time I sat down to think about what the heck to make, I just tossed a few odds n’ ends together.

Cooking quinoa is quite simple and effortless and the best part about it is that it can be used all week in a variety of gluten-free dinner recipes that actually taste pretty darn good.

I was pleasantly surprised.

And I think you will be, too.


This dish is one of those easy-peasy-I’m-tired-and-don’t-want-to-make-dinner kind of nights. I’m sure you’ve been there, right? You’re exhausted. It’s late. The last thing you wanna do it turn on your stove top and get creative.

I get it.


Before you pick up that phone to dial for takeout and end up on your couch in front of the TV eating a cold bowl of noodles or pizza from the nearby takeout joint. Think again.

This dish takes less than 20 minutes and you can feel good about serving it to your family or eating it all by your lonesome and enjoying leftovers tomorrow for lunch.


What’s involved?

Not much.

Cook the quinoa in water. 15 minutes.

Toss with fresh lemon zest, sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts.

Drizzle with olive oil.

Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.



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Red Quinoa with Sundried Tomatoes and Pine Nuts {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan}
Serves: 4
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Sugar-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan
Author: Amie Valpone
Recipe type: Entree



  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions. Remove from heat; fluff with a fork and transfer to a large bowl. Add sun dried tomatoes, olive oil, lemon juice, pine nuts, lemon zest, sea salt and pepper; toss to combine and serve warm.
  2. Sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Red Quinoa with Sundried Tomatoes and Pine Nuts {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 273 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 69mg3%
Potassium 1128mg32%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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    1. You can do either Alexa; as long as they’re not in refined vegetable oil. Make sure they are in pure extra-virgin olive oil! xo

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