Green Monster Quinoa Dish

I made this recipe one day when there wasn’t much left in my fridge and I felt like having a light and flavorful dinner. And thus, the GREEN MONSTER was born! I love pesto. Put pesto on anything and I will eat it. I usually make my own pesto and freeze it, but you can buy some pretty good pestos at the store too.

If you want to make your own pesto, just put 1 clove of garlic, 1/4 cup of pine nuts, 1 or 2 large handfuls of basil, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 cup of olive oil into a food processor or blender for about 30 seconds or until all of the ingredients are well chopped up incorporated together. You can add more olive oil to thin it out if you want.

This Green Monster recipe is only 234 calories for one serving and if you love pesto as much as I do, then you will love this recipe! It’s sort of like a healthier, pesto flavored fried rice. You can eat this as a main meal or you can make it a side dish to another meal.

Plus, it just looks so pretty!




Green Monster Quinoa Dish

234 calories per serving

serves 1


1/4 cup uncooked quinoa

1 tablespoon pesto

1/4 cup frozen peas

1/4 cup chopped broccoli (into really small pieces)

2 green onions

1 tablespoons frozen corn

1/2 teaspoon olive oil

1/4 teaspoon salt


1. Put the quinoa into a pot and add 1/2 cup water. Cook on medium for about 15 minutes or until the quinoa is done.

2.Put the olive oil into a large pan and heat to medium.

3. Add the broccoli to the olive oil and cook for about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Add the peas and corn to the broccoli and cook for another minute. Then turn off the heat and add the pesto and chopped green onions. Stir everything well to combine all of the flavors.

5. You can either put the quinoa down first and add the veggies or combine the veggies with the quinoa into a bowl.


I love this recipe! It’s great as a light dinner or lunch, but you can definitely add some tasty dishes to it to make a complete meal. One option might be to grill up some chicken and add it on top or cut up and put into the bowl with everything else!

Remember to take pictures of your results and tag me on Instagram (healthyfoodylifestyle) or Twitter (@AutumnBates21) so that I can see how yours turned out! 🙂



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