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Citrus Quinoa with Moroccan Spiced Vegetables

If I were to pick my favorite type of food, African-influenced flavors would definitely be in the top contenders. They're complex and can add depth to any dish--something I definitely think we lack here the Midwest. A little sweet, a little spicy, a lot aromatic.

This dish may seem a little overwhelming a first because of the long ingredient list, but this is one of those seasonings I like to make in large batches (quadrupling these quantities) and keep in on hand to save myself some time. Another time saver you could utilize is to buy pre-cut vegetables.

You could easily add a source of protein to this dish if that's how you roll, or you could serve it as a side. Bring it to a potluck, or hoard it all to yourself, this dish is versatile enough to do it all. Enjoy!

Citrus Quinoa with Moroccan Spiced Vegetables

Serves 2-4


  • 1 C quinoa

  • 1 1/2 C water

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 medium sweet potato

  • 1/2 medium onion

  • 1 zucchini

  • 2-3 carrots

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp cumin

  • 1/4 tsp paprika

  • 1/4 tsp turmeric

  • 1/2 tsp ginger

  • 1/8 tsp cloves

  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

  • 1/4 tsp cardamom

  • salt and pepper, to taste

  • 1 tbsp fresh orange juice

  • zest of 1/2 orange


I. Bring the quinoa and water to a boil on the stove. Once boiling, cover and simmer on medium-low heat for 15-20 minutes or until the water is absorbed. Remove from heat and let sit 5 minutes.

II. While the quinoa is cooking, prepare your veggies. Cut the carrots into 1/4in slices, the sweet potato and zucchini into 1/2in cubes, and roughly chop the onion (I love onion, so I leave my pieces larger).

III. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sweet potato, carrot and olive oil. Cover and cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring every few minutes. Add the onion and cook for another 5 minutes.

IV. Toss in the zucchini and spices, stirring to combine. Cook for 1-2 minutes.

V. Add the orange juice and zest to the quinoa, and fluff with a fork to combine. Top the quinoa with the vegetables and enjoy!


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