Quinoa w/Roasted Veggies

I actually found this recipe while registering for a site, that I thought came with free healthy meals but come to find out it wasn’t free, but I did get a days worth of free recipes. This baby was one of them. I like to make myself something like this on Sunday’s to have lunch on the go during the week. A lot of the time boo and I are on the go and I get sick of soup and sandwiches so something like this is a great dish to throw together for myself, well that and my husband would probably never eat it. This is a sure way for me to eat on the healthier side even on those busy days!

Recipe adapted by: Magic Menu’s
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

1 bunch asparagus stalks (about ½ pound), washed and dried
• 4 large carrots, peeled and sliced in ⅓-inch coins
• 2 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
• ¾ cup red onion, finely diced
• 2 cloves garlic, sliced
• 1 cup uncooked quinoa
• 2 cups water
• ¾ teaspoon sea salt, divided, plus more to taste
• ¼ cup chives, minced
• ¼ cup parsley, minced
• lots of black pepper, to taste
• squeeze lemon juice and lemon zest

What to do:

1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.

2. Place asparagus and carrots in mixing bowl and toss with 1 teaspoon
extra virgin olive oil, sea salt to taste, and black pepper.

3. Place on sheet pan and cook until the asparagus are just tender, 5-7
minutes depending on thickness of asparagus.

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4. Rinse quinoa with cold water and drain.

5. Heat a saucepan over medium heat and add remaining 1 ½ teaspoons
extra virgin olive oil.

6. Once the oil is hot, add the red onion and garlic to the pan with ¼
teaspoon sea salt and stir to coat the onions. Sauté for 3-5 minutes, until
the onions and garlic have begun to soften.

7. Add the quinoa and 2 cups of water along with remaining ½ teaspoon sea
salt and cook fully.

8. Fluff with a fork and set the quinoa aside to cool for a few minutes.

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9. Slice the roasted asparagus spears into bite-sized pieces and toss into a
big mixing bowl along with the carrots, chives, parsley, and quinoa.

10.Gently mix the ingredients together and season with lots of black pepper,
lemon zest, and a squeeze or two of lemon juice. Serve.

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I enjoyed this dish four different times!! Sooo flavorful and half the guilt!! Who said eating healthier was boring?!

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