It’s Wonderful Wednesday! I’m feeling tired and I wanted a quick but yummy dinner. I once made a teriyaki quinoa dish from Dreena Burton’s “Eat, Drink, Be Vegan”. I have since created my own version that I like to call Citrus Quinoa. It is delicious! It comes together in only a couple of minutes and it has a great balance of flavours- ginger, tamari, chewy quinoa, and a hint o’ sesame with plenty of zesty citrus flavour! I paired it with steamed broccoli accompanied by a miso-tahini dipping sauce and was very happy with my simple, lovely dinner.

I have created my own version of a teriyaki quinoa, using the flavours that I enjoy with teriyaki. I present my Citrus Quinoa

  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 3/4 cups water, 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced (based on your tastes)
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ginger, grated (* I freeze my ginger and grating becomes so easy!)
  • 4 tbsp tamari
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice, 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp raw sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp raw cashews, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onions
  • zest of one lime
  • 1 carrot, julienned (*Optional- add for extra crunch and colour!)

Give the quinoa a good rinse. Add the quinoa, water and orange juice, garlic and salt to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir, then reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Turn of the heat and add the ginger, tamari, lemon and lime juice, honey and toasted sesame oil. Re-cover and allow to sit for 3-5 minutes, until liquid is absorbed. Stir, or fluff quinoa with a fork. Add red pepper flakes, sesame seeds, cashews, green onions, lime zest, and carrot (if using). Enjoy!

*If you would like to make this a main meal, simply saute some prawns, tofu, or chicken and add them in!