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Broccoli Parmesan Quinoa

What if you could serve a broccoli dish so delicious that everyone at the table would be begging for more? This one's quick, easy, healthy and a real crowd pleaser!
Course Side
Cuisine American
Keyword Broccoli Parmesan Quinoa
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 135 kcal
Author Chris Scheuer


  • ½ recipe Perfect Quinoa cooked in low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 pound broccoli crowns
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium cloves garlic finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese use good quality, freshly grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  1. Cut ½-inch off the bottom of the broccoli stalks and discard. Break broccoli into fairly equal sized florets. Place florets in a microwave safe bowl with 1 tablespoon of water. Cover bowl tightly with a lid or plastic wrap. Cook on high power for 2 ½ to 3 ½ minutes. Check after 2 ½ minutes, broccoli should be fairly tender, but not mushy. Remove cover, drain and set aside till cool enough to handle.
  2. Place drained broccoli on a large cutting board and finely chop OR place broccoli in the bowl of a food processor and pulse just until finely chopped. Don't chop too much or broccoli will liquify.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium low heat. Add garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook for 1-2 minutes until softened and fragrant.
  4. Add chopped broccoli and 1 teaspoon salt. Sauté for another 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add quinoa and stir to combine. Add parmesan. Taste and season with more salt, if needed, and freshly ground black pepper. Squeeze lemon juice over the top and stir. Transfer to a serving platter or individual plates or bowls. Garnish with lemon wedges and more parmesan cheese, if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts
Broccoli Parmesan Quinoa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 135 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 682mg30%
Potassium 254mg7%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 650IU13%
Vitamin C 69.7mg84%
Calcium 235mg24%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.