Red Quinoa with Grilled Summer Veggies

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

Vegetables on the grill, tossed with red quinoa.



  • 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!


1.  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.

2.  Grill in a vegetable grill basket.

3. Cook quinoa according to instructions on the package.

4. 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!

5. Boil, microwave or grill the corn.

6. Serve Quinoa with Grilled Summer Vegetables and Corn Cobs.

Cost $4.24

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.

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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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