Red Quinoa with Grilled Summer Veggies

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 30, 2010

Vegetables on the grill, tossed with red quinoa.


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Red Quinoa with Grilled Summer Veggies

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 20 minutes


  • 1 small zucchini ($.79)
  • 1 orange pepper ($1)
  • 1/2 yellow pepper ($.50)
  • 1/2 white onion ($.15)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced ($.10)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil ($.10)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup quinoa ($1)
  • 4 ears of corn ($.60) $.15 an ear…woot!


  • Chop 1 zucchini, 1 orange pepper, 1/2 yellow pepper, 1/2 onion and minced garlic and toss with 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large mixing bowl. Season with a few pinches of salt and pepper.

  • Grill in a vegetable grill basket.

  • Cook quinoa according to instructions on the package.
  • Combine cooked quinoa with grilled summer vegetables. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add some fresh chopped parsley or basil from the garden if you have it!
  • Serve Quinoa with Grilled Summer Vegetables and Corn Cobs.

Note: This made the perfect amount for my family…if making for 4 adults or for more…add more quinoa to the dish to stretch it out. There were plenty of veggies.

Cost $4.24

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Ellen @ CheapCooking June 30, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Where did you find the red quinoa? I’ve just started playing with quinoa and this looks good!


Shelly July 1, 2010 at 8:43 am

@Ellen @ CheapCooking, I’m curious where to find it, too. I have Walmart, Dillon’s (a Kroger sibling), and a couple other places available. I do NOT have a Costco and I don’t have a Sam’s membership. Any ideas? And 4# for $10? Maybe I won’t be buying it afterall…


ATL Cook June 30, 2010 at 8:18 pm

I found Quinoa at Costco last week 4lb for $10. YIPEE never found it that cheap. I cooked 1/2 cup in 1 cup of Thai coconut ginger curry chicken stock (College Inn brand) and it was awesome. Had it last night for dinner with steamed asparagus and salmon portion. I ate half of what I cooked; added cucumber, black olives, Vidalia onion, celery, and 3 mini sweet bell peppers in orange. Beautiful enough that I posted the photo on FaceBook.

The directions showed to rinse and soak in water for 30 minutes. I did that–no bitter taste either. Red still has the hull on it. Do you think it adds to the nutritional value?


Casey August 17, 2011 at 2:47 pm

This is not coming up to print – I just printed several other things -maybe something got changed -


Jaime July 8, 2013 at 7:57 am

I haven’t found red quinoa in our area either, and the regular quinoa is $9+ for 1 lb. 10 oz.


Ronda Kaufman July 9, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Our Big Lots has quinoa. Not sure of the price or if it’s red but it’s Bob’s Red Mill I think. If you have a Big Lots check there and see.


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