Quinoa with Roasted Vegetables and Pineapples + Doleicious Giveaway!

The summer heat can be unforgiving and I found myself craving for more fresh fruits and grilled food these days. After my #DoleChefMom cooking session some weeks ago, I got more inspired to create simple dishes that will incorporate juicy pineapples. I think this new imbento recipe is worth sharing, and also a perfect dish to serve on a warm summer day.

I've been experimenting with quinoa for the past couple of months now, and so far, I like cooking it with chicken and assorted vegetables. I also discovered that adding some curry powder complements the flavors of my quinoa mix. Naturally, when I received an abundance of Dole Pineapple Tidbits, juices and sauces, food ideas came to mind, and one is to add pineapple in my rice dishes. In this case, I added to my favorite quinoa recipe, which is far healthier and more nutritious than our staple steamed white rice.

Pineapples can greatly enhance and sweeten a dish that even kids will love to eat. You can follow the recipes created by Chef Rosebud, which I shared here

For today's recipe, you can expect this to be light, refreshing and healthy, as you can see in the list of ingredients. I love the colors too! You can add and subtract the type of vegetable you want in the mix. When I made this dish and was taking photos, I realized I was missing the bell peppers! Horrors!!! Instead, I added a tomato. But I still recommend you use bell pepper for better flavor, especially after you roast it.

Now, let's get cooking. And by the way, there's a Dole-icious giveaway waiting for you at the end of this post! (",)  May recipe ka na, may pa-raffle pa! 


Baby eggplant
Bell pepper
Salt and pepper
Olive oil
Curry powder
Liquid seasoning
1/4 cup Quinoa
1/2 cup Dole Pineapple Tidbits
3 tablespoons Dole Pineapple Juice (or juice from the can of Tidbits)
Lemon wedge

To prepare:
Pre-heat oven to 200°C
Wash, cut and slice all the vegetables. Adjust quantity of vegetables based on your preferences.
Toss everything in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil, rock salt and ground pepper.
Lay all the veggies flat on a lined baking tray (see photo above). 
Place in the oven and cook for 20 - 25 minutes.
Wash quinoa.

To cook:
While veggies are roasting in the oven, cook quinoa in a small pot as instructed on the pack. While boiling, add a pinch of salt.
Cook for about 20 minutes, until soft and fluffy (see photo above). Set aside.
Take out the veggies from the oven.
In a pan, heat a tablespoon of olive oil and toss all the roasted veggies in.
Add the pineapples and pineapple juice. Mix well.
Add the cooked quinoa.

Mix everything together and make sure the quinoa and veggies absorb the pineapple juice.
Add a pinch of salt and sprinkle curry powder. Taste, and add more salt or a few drops of liquid seasoning if you wish. Let the flavors marry for one to two minutes, then remove from heat.
The curry flavor should be faint, very mild only. But feel free to add more.

My quinoa with veggies and pineapples is like a one-pot-dish. I think vegetarians will like this. A complete meal in one plate. But the more I look at it, I think it's even better as a side dish to grilled meats, heehee! It can also replace a cold salad, especially with the juicy pineapples in there, don't you agree? =)  

Squeeze over some lemon if you like, and serve immediately. Serves 2 - 4.

Guess what?
After the girl picked out the cauliflower, we decided to make the leftover as taco filling, topped with grated cheese.  Ta-daaa! Pineapple-Veggie-Quinoa Tacos! Nom-nom-nom!

I hope you can try this juicy, healthy and Doleicious dish with your family. Kids can even help in the kitchen with washing and chopping and tossing of vegetables. Let me know if you have a different veggie combination with the pineapple and quinoa. Would love to try something new too! =)

As promised, I'm sharing my blessings from DOLE with this Dole-ightful and Dole-icious Blog Giveaway!  JOIN NOW and share the good news to your friends!!!

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1 can (822g) Pineapple Chunks
1 pack (1 kg) Tomato Sauce
1 pack (1kg) Sweet Style Butter & Cream Spaghetti Sauce
2 cans (240ml) Pineapple Juice
2 cans (822g) Tropical Fruit Cocktail
1 Pot Holder
1 Microfiber Kitchen Towel

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