Nourishing Mondays: Quinoa Pilaf

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Whole grains are vital staples in any meal plan– they provide nutritious benefits and are amazingly versatile. One of the most celebrated grains of this food group is quinoa.

Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is indigenous to South America. It is unique in its nutritional makeup because it is a complete protein source, unlike other grains. Quinoa also offers the heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids that many other starches lack.

All that, and it tastes delicious.

This pilaf recipe is a perfect combination of flavors and textures. Easily customizable, this recipe is also vegetarian-friendly, and can even be made vegan-friendly by making it sans cheese.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


1 cup dry quinoa
½ yellow onion, finely chopped
½ green pepper, finely chopped
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup sweet corn kernels
½ cup feta cheese, crumbled
1 Tbsp fresh mint, thinly sliced
¼ tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper


Place dry quinoa, peppers, and onions into a saucepan. Add 2 cups of water, and bring to a boil over high heat. Once the water boils, reduce heat to low and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Transfer mixture to large bowl. Add all remaining ingredients, except feta cheese. Mix well. Divide into bowls and top each with a sprinkle of feta cheese.

Serves 4-5.

(Photo Source: Emma Waugh)

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