My five blender inspired Chow Tips are live. I had so much fun shooting them. Please check them out on the Chow website or on You Tube and let me know what you think. I really welcome your feedback and would love you to post a comment on the Chow website too! I shared my breakfast parfait (you can find the recipe for these breakfast bombs here); my favourite apple pie smoothie (see recipe here); quick easy tips for how to clean your blender; how to make whole lemons into lemonade (for alternate recipe check out my velvet ginger lemonade here); one of my all-time favourite recipes, my apple pie in a glass; and a one-pot vegan rice dish that can be made quickly by letting your rice cooker do all of the work!

It is this last Chow Tip that has inspired my post today. I realised as I was presenting this tip that I had not posted one of these quick easy grain dishes on the site. A glaring oversight on my part. So I rectify that now. I absolutely LOVE one-pot dishes that are super quick and easy and loaded with green vegetables. This gloriously green herbed quinoa fits the bill, and is one of my favourite recipes. In fact, when I have had a really busy day and need something comforting, filling and nutritious, this quinoa pilaf is one of my go-to staples that never lets me down.

You can make this dish with millet or rice and it is equally tasty, but if you are looking for vegan quinoa dishes this is it! Instead of cooking this dish in the rice cooker I have baked it in the oven, as I like to caramelise the onions and spices and slow cook the dish in order to get a better depth of flavour. But you can dissolve the spices in the vegetable broth and throw everything into the rice cooker to make this recipe. It yields a dish of a slightly different personality but is also tasty and filling.

I will often eat this quinoa dish on its own for lunch or dinner. But to get more bang for your buck, this serves as a wonderful side dish with other vegetables and salads. This is a fantastic quick easy gluten free option for a pot luck. It is always a crowd-pleaser. If you are not into nori, you can simple leave it out. I use any excuse to add sea vegetables to my diet, but the dish will taste the same without it.

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Vegan Green Quinoa Pilaf with Spinach and Nori

Quick Quinoa Pilaf with Spinach and Nori

  • 4 Tbsp cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 4 cups vegetable broth/stock
  • 2 cups (about 2 medium) brown onions chopped finely
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/8 cup finely minced fresh garlic
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 4 cups baby spinach leaves chopped finely
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh chives
  • 1 cup chopped fresh continental parsley
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro / coriander
  • 2 large sheets of nori chopped up
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 / 350 / moderate
  2. Heat the olive oil in large saucepan and gently cook the garlic and brown onions with a pinch of Celtic sea salt until soft and translucent.
  3. Add in the quinoa until it is well coated with the onion mixture.
  4. Stir in the turmeric and nutmeg and vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat to a mild simmer and add in the spinach, herbs and green onions.
  6. Transfer the mixture to a large baking dish and cover with a lid or foil.
  7. Bake in the oven for about 20-30 minutes until the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is light and fluffy.
  8. Fluff with a fork and gently fold through the nori sheets and top with nor to serve
  9. Serves 8


a quick easy way to clean this “cling-on” pieces out of your garlic press

If you are using a garlic press to mince your garlic you will know how hard they can to clean sometimes. There are always a few little stubborn bits that refuse to let go of the garlic party. Next time you are replacing your toothbrush (I replace mine about once a month) recycle it and then wash it. Keep it under the sink to scrub out your garlic press under running water to help remove those little cling on pieces.

I can’t wait to make this on the weekend. Sounds delicious.


Can’t wait to hear what you think!
This dish is AMAZING!

We just enjoyed this for our dinner with some curried chickpea burgers and we are happy little pigs. Love your site. Your Chow videos were wonderful too.


Oh! Thankyou Rosie!
I really appreciate your kinds words about the videos….I had fun shooting those.
Can’t wait to do more next month!
So glad you enjoyed this dish too.

This recipe is really tasty. I enjoyed it cold for lunch the next day too.


Yes! I sometimes put this in wraps the next day!

We had it last night, topped with prawns, sprinkled with almond meal. One word: SUCCESS!


Made this last night and screwed it up by putting 8 cups of veggie broth instead of 4.  After 30 mins were up, I checked it and realized my mistake when I saw so much liquid still left.  So I had to bake it another 25 mins which made it on the bitter side.  Oh well, I’m still eating it this week for lunch at work.  LOL!  Will try this again next month.  :)


LOL! Oh Abbie….you make me laugh =)


This is so delicious. My whole family enjoyed this for dinner last night followed by your spinach chocolate shake. I will get more greens into my kids if it kills me. Thanks Tess.


I am keen for Green! Am on a health kick, and can’t wait to sink my teeth in to your green smoothie too!


ALWAYS a good idea to be on a green kick!

this recipe makes me love to eat quinoa… its a great grain but a bit bland…the mixture of veggie stock, spniah & nori made it an amazing experience… i added a little touch of mushrooms & fennel seeds…absolutely delish thank you gril!


Anna! YUMMO!
I am going to add some mushrooms and fennel seeds to my next batch!
Thankyou for sharing your experience :)

This dish is excellent. I couldn’t believe how good it tasted for how easy it is.


Just made this recipe for dinner and it was DELICIOUS!  I added the mushrooms and fennel seeds that Anna recommended and it was perfect.  Very flavorful and filling.  I will definitely make this dish again.  Plan on making the dish for a family get-together in two weeks.  Will be perfect.  Thanks!  This piggy is happy!


LOL! Thanks Kibby.
Isn’t Anna’s suggestion a brilliant addition?!
SO yummy.
LOVE your use of the piggy language.
Thankyou :) Oink Oink!

Looks and sounds fantastic!  I have to pick up some nori this week to give it a try!


Hey Kim!
I can’t wait to hear what you think :)

Ooooh!  Where do I begin with how much I love this recipe?!  Just made probably my 500th batch of it today   :)  And loving my nori, I admit to using a sheet per bowl/serving.  Plus,  with all the green in this recipe, I always feel good knowing I’m getting a lot of chlorophyll and all the good detoxing benefits from the pasley and cilantro and something that just plain tastes deLISH!  BIG oink on this one!


SOOO glad you are enjoying this recipe so much! I LOVE this one too :)

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