Much To My Delight

Much To My Delight

Double Broccoli Quinoa

I have never considered myself a trendsetter. In fact, I’m usually the last one to know that something is actually trendy. I mean, take a peek in my closet. I still wear trucker hats and Hypercolor t-shirts. I’m  hardly a barometer for all that is hip and current.

That’s why it came as no surprise whatsoever that I stumbled on a famously popular food blog purely by accident. It’s been hip since 2003, and I’m just now finding it. It’s called 101, and you’ve likely been surfing this healthy cooking site for half a decade. I can’t believe none of you told me about it. I thought we were friends.

It’s okay. I’m over it.

Anyway, I was looking to use up a huge bag of broccoli and came across Heidi’s recipe for Double Broccoli Quinoa. The broccoli doubles because after it’s quickly boiled, half of it is pulsed in the food processor with almonds, garlic, a bit of parmesan and olive oil to make a broccoli pesto (I know, right? Genius!) Then you whip up a batch of quinoa, top with the pesto, and throw the rest of the cooked broccoli on top. She also mixed it with almonds and avocado, which I would have done too if I didn’t have to hit the grocery to get more ingredients. Once the work clothes come off and the Hypercolor t-shirt goes on, it’s game over for this gal.

Double the broccoli, double the fun. I’ve been saying that for years. Catchy, right?

Jenn P.

30-something psychotherapist. Loves cooking, hosting parties, exploring new places. Texan by birth. New Yorker by choice. Likes to tell little stories. Pull up a chair; I'll tell you one.

  • This Bridge
    Cannot wait to try this and don’t worry Jenn, I didn’t know about that site either!
  • Andrea @ Vegvacious
    Haha – I forgot all about hypercolour shirts!! I love anything with quinoa & I didn’t know about that blog either :-) I’ll be checkin’ it out!
  • stephanie [the merry way]
    wow – looks so healthy! I’ve never made homemade pesto…trying this!
  • meghan @ strugglemuffins
    That’s so funny, I literally came across that blog about a week ago and was perplexed as to how I could have gone so long without it! Love broccoli and could eat it every day and never tire of it, looks yummy there with the quinoa :)
  • Indie.Tea
    It looks delicious. I actually never read 101cookbooks…but I did buy Heidi Swanson (the author of 101cookbooks) latest book yesterday. What a coincidence. It just looked so gorgeous…
  • Diana Smith
    what an awesome recipe!! this looks soo good and hearty.
  • victoria | vmac+cheese
    Just in case…you should also check out Simply Recipes and The Pioneer Woman. And you know Smitten Kitchen too, right?
  • baking.serendipity
    That broccoli pesto idea sounds fantastic! I must make this :)
  • Lauren Zabaneh
    i needed to read this last night. I made plain quinoa last night. sorta fell flat with the troops. Don’t blame them, I didn’t exert much effort. I don’t mind plain quinoa but quinoa with double duty of broccoli? Totally. sorry I’ve been off the gird, girly! I’m glad to be back and reading your stuff…you rock that trucker hat, ya hear?