Monday, May 2, 2011

Quinoa with Tofu, Broccoli & Red Bell Pepper

Disclaimer- I had not yet tried quinoa before now. Now I have... & I was not too content with the quinoa part I have to say but the tofu & veg made me happy. I would have preferred this more with rice to tell you the truth. If you love quinoa, please make it. This was an easy vegetarian recipe that would be a great main dish (protein, grain & veg all in one) or side. This is one of those recipes made simpler for me because of my combo rice cooker/steamer. I made the quinoa & steamed the broccoli & bell pepper at the same time.

Quinoa with Tofu, Broccoli & Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 1 cup Broccoli florets
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1 Package Firm Tofu, water drained, tofu chopped
  • 2 TBSp Sesame Oil
  • 1 tsp. fresh Ginger, grated
  • 2 TBSp Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • Green Scallion- Optional (I didn't add)
  • Red Pepper Flakes Optional (I didn't add)
Cook the quinoa- 2 cups water to the 1 cup quinoa. Bring the mix to a boil then simmer covered for 15 minutes. Or make it in your rice cooker like I did!

Steam the broccoli & the red pepper pieces together.

In a non-stick saute pan, heat the Sesame Oil, being careful not to burn it. Sesame oil heats & burns fast! Add in the tofu pieces then sprinkle the grated ginger over it & splash with the soy sauce (Add red pepper flakes here). Allow the tofu to brown on both sides, mixing frequently.

Add the tofu, broccoli & pepper to the quinoa & mix together. Top with green scallion, if desired, & serve.

*Lishie tip- Tofu can be really tasty & filling depending on how it's made. It's great for protein.


  1. I haven't been happy with quinoa the two or three times I've made it. "THey" rave about it as so good for you and so delicious but I haven't found that to be the case. And it's not easy to make either.

  2. Truthfully, it was really easy to make in the ricemaker. I just found it lacked in flavor & it doesn't seem to absorb the flavor either like cous cous does.

  3. I have this recipe where you mix it with jasmine
    rice (50/50) and add sauteed onion, chicken stock
    instead of water and herbs. But I guess I so
    prefer the taste of brown rice.