Thursday, March 10, 2011

Throw-it-in-the-Pot Dinner

Have you had a crazy day lately? A crazy week perhaps?

Home late in the evenings? Brain completely drained, and your cooking creativity out the window?

It's weeks like this that I dream of collapsing on the couch with sweatpants, banana soft serve, and my Glee re-runs on Hulu. Unfortunately, by the time I made it to this point last night, I was fast asleep before the first Gwyneth Paltrow song had been sung.


But wait! There's good to come of it all...

During these times, I'm uber-grateful for throw-it-all-in-the-soup-pot dinners. Adam cleaned our cabinets of quinoa, jarred tomatoes, veggie broth, and some frozen veggies. He seasoned the pot with curry and fresh ginger, and placed a steaming bowl in front of my bags-under-my-eyes face.

Boy, do I love that man.

Eat up friends. Maybe tonight I'll make it to the first Glee ballad.

Throw-it-in-the-Pot Curried Quinoa Dinner
(an Adam original)

Since this was a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of recipe, I urge you to get creative and use whatever YOU have in YOUR cabinets. Stick with the quinoa-curry base's oh so very good.

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups veggie broth
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, toasted
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 inch ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp. curry powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 TBSP mustard seed
  • 2 cans (15 oz. each) stewed tomatoes
  • 2 cups frozen edamame or peas
1) In a small saucepan, combine quinoa and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce head to low and simmer until all the liquid has been absorbed.

2) Meanwhile, saute the onion, garlic, and ginger with a dash of olive oil--over medium heat--until softened.

3) In a large soup pot, combine the cooked quinoa, the onion mixture, and all of the remaining ingredients. Allow to simmer until the liquid has been cooked down and absorbed--about 20 minutes.


  1. Curry! Quinoa! Cashews! Edamame! What's not to love? :)

  2. Ok how awesome is your man! My hubby would bring me a bowl of top ramen and expect a back massage ;)

  3. I live for throw it in the pot dinners! That's kinda what all my meals are :)

  4. I'm always curious with cooking with quinoa. I like your recipe. Nice and easy.

  5. yum! I'm making curried quinoa as I type, actually, with spinach and a variety of immune boosting mushrooms! Delicious!

  6. I love throw it in the pot dinners! That looks awesome...I'm sold on anything with quinoa :)

  7. Guess who just bought some quinoa tonight?? Hope things get less crazed for you soon! I'm glad you've got Adam to throw delicious things like this together when you're exhausted. :)

  8. Love this post title. This looks like a great recipe for a busy weeknight dinner. Thanks!

  9. Now THIS is my kind of meal. Quick, easy, and delicious.

  10. This will be a perfect Friday night-throw-it-in-a-pot and its vegetarian meal :)

  11. You had me hooked at "Throw it in the pot." Quick and easy is all my life will handle right now. :)

  12. What a nice guy! Ari had dinner waiting when I got home from work last week and it was the most unexpected kindness.