101 Cookbooks’ Double Broccoli Quinoa


I found this recipe on the popular food blog, 101 Cookbooks. I can honestly say it’s the best quinoa dish I have ever tasted. If you haven’t already checked out Heidi’s blog, head over there for more delicious and healthy vegetarian recipes.

101 Cookbooks’ Double Broccoli Quinoa
Serves: 4-6 as a main, 8-10 as a side
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 5 cups broccoli, cut into small florets and stems
  • 3 medium garlic cloves
  • ⅔ cup sliced or slivered almonds, toasted
  • ⅓ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • Salt and Black pepper
  • Optional toppings: chopped fresh basil, sliced avocado, fried egg, crumbled feta or goat cheese
  1. Rinse quinoa in a fine-meshed strainer. Heat the quinoa, two cups of water (or broth), and a large pinch of salt in a medium saucepan until boiling. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the water is absorbed and quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes. Drain any excess water and set aside.
  2. Bring ¾ cup water and a large pinch of salt to a simmer in a large pot. Place broccoli in pot, cover, and steam for 1-2 minutes until crisp-tender. Transfer the broccoli to a colander and run under cold water.
  3. In a food processor, puree two cups of the cooked broccoli, garlic, ½ cup almonds, Parmesan, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt. Drizzle in the olive oil and cream and pulse until smooth.
  4. Toss the quinoa and remaining broccoli with ½ of the broccoli pesto. Taste and add more of the pesto, salt and pepper, or lemon juice if you’d like. Transfer to a serving bowl or platter and top with the remaining almonds and anything else that suits your fancy (I topped with chopped basil, a fried egg and avocado).


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  1. says

    I’ve been wanting to make this, as I’m a huge 101cookbooks fan. I make something from her cookbook at least once a week! Seriously! I can hardly wait for her new book to come out (April 5th)!

    I haven’t made this yet because I have a problem with quinoa…I don’t have a strainer fine enough to rinse it without it all going down the drain. Do you? What kind of strainer did you use? I tried lining it with a paper towel unsuccessfully.

  2. Heather says

    Here’s another AWESOME quinoa dish for you to try: http://www.food52.com/recipes/2434_one_pot_kale_and_quinoa_pilaf

    Way better than the sum of its parts.

    To DessertForTwo, I think you must be using a colander. I use a mesh strainer. It works fine.

  3. Jan says

    It is a great recipe. I’ve been making it since I first discovered it on 101 cookbooks. I’ve also just made the broccoli pesto and served it over pasta.

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