Weeknight Cooking

Dinner Tonight: Lemon Herb Quinoa + Roasted Spring Root Vegetables

March 25, 2013

This is the kind of meal that leaves you feeling particularly virtuous, that you'll want to brag about (subtly, of course) at the office tomorrow. You'll almost feel the glow of that halo as you pack up the leftovers for your kids' lunch -- just look at those green polka-dotted, protein-packed grains. A mess o'vegetables on the side (buttered, because that's just good sense) can't hurt. Yum! A dinner well done. 

The Menu

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Lemon Herb Quinoa with Hemp Seeds, Spring Peas and Basil by Gena Hamshaw

Roasted Spring Root Vegetables with Horseradish Thyme Butter by Lucy Mercer

The Grocery List

vidalia onions
fresh thyme
green peas (fresh or frozen)
hemp seeds (optional)

We bet you have Dijon mustard, carrots, olive oil, salt, pepper, maple syrup, lemons, vinegar, and butter at home already. If not, add them to your shopping list, as you'll need those, too. 

The Plan

1. Start with the roasted root vegetables. Prep them, and toss in the oven for 45 minutes. 

2. Now focus on the quinoa! Cook the peas and quinoa, fluff it up and toss everything together. Dress and let rest at room temp while you finish up the rest of the meal. 

3. When the vegetaables are just about done, melt together the horseradish and buttery herb mixture. Dress the roasted vegetables and serve alongside a generous help of quinoa. Gobble up!


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Miranda Rake

Written by: Miranda Rake

I love Champagne and cheese and potato chips. In fact, that would be the most dreamtastic dinner. I have two cats and I am a proud Portlander-by-birth currently residing on Manhattan's rich and wonderful Lower East Side in a closet that has no closets. In May I finished up a masters degree in Food Studies at NYU and now I am trying to figure out exactly why I did that and what that all means. It is very fun and scary but mostly fun. I like to cook and I love to bake.