Healthy Recipes For Colorful Quinoa Pilaf

As a mom, its always a struggle to feed the kiddos healthy!  

I get it, it can be time consuming and frustrating.  But its worth investing the time into your children’s health.

The main problem I see is that kids and most adults don’t like VEGETABLES.  And not only are vegetables good for you but eating them actually helps you BURN MORE CALORIES.

Isn’t that good news?

Ok, so I have a very picky eater for a husband so I have a few tricks up my sleeve and believe it or not, he went from only eating “corn” as a vegetable to eating pretty much EVERY VEGETABLE.

My MAIN STRATEGY..……… “Hide the vegetables”.

You may be thinking I’m crazy, but this strategy works quite well.  What I do is chop any vegetable I want, extremely small and hide it in meatloaves, meatballs, chicken dishes, rice dishes, etc. and I add some sort of healthy sauce, marinade, etc.

There are tons of delicious and healthy recipes using these strategies in My Eat To Be Fit Healthy Recipes Book (over 300 of them).  My Turkey Fried Rice is one of the recipes in there that we love and that you can easily hide tons of nutritious veggies into it.

It works quite well for him and my almost 3 year old.

The other day I made this COLORFUL QUINOA DISH with pretty much everything but the kitchen sink and they both devoured it, not knowing the crazy amounts of vegetables in it.

This would be delicious with my Baked Quinoa Chicken.  Its like “breaded” chicken but healthy. Its divine and so easy to make.  This recipe is on My Pinterest Boards, so make sure you are following them, so you can get more ideas on how to feed you and your family healthier meals.

Check it out…………..  Oh, and before you do, you have to check out My NEW Playlist on YouTube, tons of Healthy Recipes (Live), Healthy Cooking Tips and Strategies.  You are going to love it.  Make sure you SUBSCRIBE so you can have access every time I post a new recipe, tip or workout.

You will love this quinoa dish and if you add a little wholly guacamole on top, it just takes it to another level.

Colorful Quinoa Pilaf


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Healthy Recipes For Colorful Quinoa Pilaf

  • Author: Michelle Marie


  • 2 cups quinoa, cooked (I use 365 Organic Quinoa from Whole Foods) good prices!
  • 1/2 cups shredded carrots, chopped
  • 12 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 package Portobello mushrooms, minced
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 head of broccoli, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 tbsp gluten-free Hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp black sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. In a large saute pan with a little stock, cook the onions and garlic.
  2. A little bit at a time, start adding the vegetables and cook until softened.
  3. At the end fold in the quinoa and mix well.
  4. Fold in the Hoisin, cilantro and sesame seeds.


Do you and your family eat QUINOA?

Do you eat it plain or do you add stuff to it?

Whats your favorite way to eat quinoa?  I’d love to hear your ideas.

By the way, did you know that theres a product called Quinoa Flakes?  Its great to bake with and to use as “breading”. You have to try it!  Its amazing!

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