Spicy garlic quinoa

Heather Disarro

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Spicy garlic quinoa is simple and romantic, perfect to serve with just about any meal. Just cook the quinoa and add your own special sauce. Omit the pepper flakes to keep things calm, but still flavorful for kids.

spicy garlic quinoa

Spicy garlic quinoa

Serves 4-6


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced finely
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock


  1. Heat a 2-quart pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the oil, garlic and pepper flakes and cook until the garlic just starts to brown slightly.
  3. Add the quinoa and stir everything together.
  4. Add the stock, a pinch of salt, and stir to combine.
  5. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes until the quinoa is cooked through and the liquid has evaporated.
  6. Remove from the heat and allow to stand, covered, for about 5 minutes.
  7. Fluff with a fork and serve hot.

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Heather Disarro
Heather is the writer behind the food blog, Heather’s Dish, and the coordinator of the beauty blog, Faces of Beauty. She and her husband live at the base of the Rocky Mountains in the Denver metro area and are constantly active, especially with their two crazy lab mixes Bunker and Keira. They had their first baby, Weston, in March 2012 and have been boundlessly blessed by him every day of his life. You can find more at Heather’s personal blogs, Heather’s Dish and Faces of Beauty or send her a tweet at @heathersdish.