I know this is clichéd and predictable and obvious and all that, but I’m going to say it anyway: I love quinoa. It’s grainy (well, that’s kind of obvious!) and it just makes you feel good to eat it. But toss it with arugula, roasted root vegetables, and a light, buttery dressing? Well, it’s pretty much the most heavenly thing you’ll eat all month.
First, cook a package of quinoa according to the package directions. This is as simple as pouring it into boiling water and cooking for anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes! You can rinse the quinoa first if you like, but I rarely do.
Quinoa Buttery Roasted Vegetables
- Cook Time: 1 hour
- Persons: 4
- Difficulty: Easy
- 1 cup Quinoa, Uncooked
- 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
- 4 Tablespoons Land O Lakes® Salted Butter
- 1/2 whole Red Onion, Peeled And Cut Into Large Chunks
- 1/2 whole Butternut Squash, Peeled, Seeded, And Cut Into Large Chunks
- 2 whole Large Carrots, Peeled, Halved, And Cut Into 1-inch Pieces
- 2 whole Large Parsnips, Peeled, Halved, And Cut Into 1-inch Pieces
- Salt And Pepper, to taste
- 4 Tablespoons Pine Nuts
- 6 ounces, weight Baby Arugula Leaves
- 1 cup Parmesan Shavings, Divided
- Prepare quinoa according to package directions. Set it aside to cool.
- In a small skillet over medium-low heat, melt the butter with the garlic. Turn off the heat and allow it to sit for 5 minutes.
- Arrange the vegetables on a large rimmed baking sheet. Pour over half of the garlic butter, sprinkle on salt and pepper, and toss to coat. Roast the vegetables for 35 to 40 minutes, tossing occasionally, until they’re nice and deep golden brown. Remove them from the oven and set them aside to cool slightly.
- Add the pine nuts to the same skillet over low heat and toast them for 5 to 7 minutes, tossing occasionally, until light golden brown. Set aside.
- Place cooked, cooled quinoa in a large bowl. Toss in the roasted vegetables and half the Parmesan shavings. Squeeze lemon in the remaining melted garlic butter and add to roasted vegetables. Toss in the arugula (it will wilt slightly) and the pine nuts, then sprinkle the rest of the Parmesan on top.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.