Eat Your Veggies!

Cheese and veggies! What more could you ask for?
Cheese and veggies! What more could you ask for?
(I apologize for the quality of the photo, it does not really photograph well, but it sure is delicious!)

Vegetable Primavera with Quinoa

Recipe by  Chef James Hobday


  • 2 large zucchini
  • 3 medium yellow squash
  • 1 large onion (whichever kind you like)
  • 2 carrots, peeled and grated
  • 2 cloves of garlic, micro-planed
  • 12 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 can of plum tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups of white wine
  • 2 cups of chicken stock (can substitute with vegetable stock)
  • 1/4 cup of Modena balsamic
  • 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chili flakes
  • 6 sprigs of fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 cups of quinoa
  • Topping:
  • Shredded Italian Blend cheese to cover
  • Grated Pecorino


  1. Chop the vegetables roughly the same size, except for the carrots, and throw into a ceramic casserole dish. Grate the carrots and combine with the rest of the ingredients, making sure to add the stock and wine last. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Cover and place in oven for 35 mins at 425 degrees. Check for doneness of quinoa, if it is hard and looks dry add more stock and check again after 15 minutes.
  3. Uncover, add cheese called for in topping, and bake for another 10 minutes then move to broiler until the cheese becomes golden brown.
  4. Remove from oven and let sit 2 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

When exactly did Meatless Monday start?

I am not sure who decided we should avoid meat on Mondays, but it spread like wildfire for many dinner tables across the world. So this delicious cheesy and flavorful dish works with or without meat.

Remember when I said I had a love hate relationship when it comes to dating a chef? That whole “hate” aspect goes out the window when he decides to cook for me! There is nothing better than having your own personal chef, especially when the last thing you want to do at the end of a long day is cook.

One night in particular I went grocery shopping, at Trader Joe’s of course, for dinner with a list of ingredients in hand. He asked me to buy zucchini, squash, and quinoa to go along with the roasted chicken that we had at home. Now, quinoa and I have not really gotten along in the past and I was not too excited about eating it for dinner, but I bought it anyway.

As it was baking in the oven, the aroma made my mouth water.  I totally forgot about the fact that I didn’t like quinoa and could not wait to taste it.


If you make this, please let me know in the comments how you like it, and if you substituted anything.


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45 thoughts on “Eat Your Veggies!

  1. Samantha says:

    This recipe is amazing, you really can use it as either a standalone dish or a side dish! So many delicious flavors! And for someone who usually hates quinoa, I am obsessed!

  2. I was vegetarian for a time – I had to stop when eating raw vegetables and eating certain veggies became a no-no for me medically. But we still do the occasional meatless Monday with things I can still eat and this looks to fit the bill. I’ve never tried quinoa before, so maybe this is a good introduction!

  3. Yummie yummie – a healthy option for dinner, I love the idea of using quinoa in this way! On it’s own, it is very bland and always needs to be jazzed up a bit … this is a great lunch option for me, quick and easy. Thank you!

    With blessings, Callie – London, UK #blogelina

  4. This looks delicious! I will have to try it out for sure this Fall. And I had to LOL at your comment on taking pictures of your food. I drive my husband CRAZY because I take pictures of my food all of the time! HA HA! #BlogelinaCommentathon

    • GypSeaFoodie says:

      My friends and family, that aren’t food bloggers, get so annoyed when I stop them from eating so I can get a good picture! I hope you enjoy it when you make it! Thanks for the love 🙂

  5. I love good vegetables and cheese dish. It’s usually the old standby eggplant parmesan for us but I like that this incorporates a grain. Wonder if I could crock pot it:)

  6. I think that this recipe is amazing! I love exploring new meal options for my family, so I will have to add this one to my list of recipes to try in the future. I think that it is very yummy!!

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  7. I quite like quinoa but I don’t have much of an imagination when it comes to cooking it. So I know I’m missing out. Vegetarian recipes like this one is always welcomed 🙂 Would love to try it!

  8. My family loves cheese and veggies! We try not to have a lot of meat dishes. I have never had or tried quinoa before! There is always a first to try a new recipe~ I can’t wait to try it- looks scrumptious!
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  9. It seems to be Murphy’s law that the more delicious a dish is, the worse the pictures are even in fancy recipe books! Meal options, especially for a family, or vegetarians who want to entertain need boosts like this! If you need recipe inspiration – online is the place to find it – and this sounds delicious!

  10. This sounds wonderful. I love how there are so many veggies packed in. I’ve tried quinoa before, but I’ve never made it myself. I’m anxious to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing it with us. We eat meatless on many nights…not just Mondays 🙂

  11. Quinoa has always been a challenge for me. Thanks for the recipe, it definitely looks interesting and tasty. I too love food. My saying is ” I live to eat!” ( as opposed to the typical “I eat to live”) Have a great day!

  12. This looks delicious! I am always looking for new ideas to incorporate more vegetables in our meal rotation, we’ll have to give this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing!

  13. I’m kind of thinking that whoever came up with Meatless Monday did so for alliteration…like Taco Tuesday or Wacky Wednesday, and the catchiness is undeniable. Never had quinoa in this way, but it sure does look good. I need to get more adventurous with my meals – I’ve been slacking lately.

  14. Yum… this looks so good. I was just recently introduced to quinoa and love it. It can be used for so many different recipes. I have been trying to collect meatless recipes to reduce the red meat that I eat. This looks like a great recipe to try.

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