Quinoa with Sautéed Fennel, Onions and Baby Zucchini


Pro Tip: Use Precooked quinoa pressed into a roll (think polenta, only with quinoa!), allows you to get a sophisticated vegetarian dinner pulled together very quickly.

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Quinoa with Sautéed Fennel, Onions and Baby Zucchini

Recipe via Katie Workman

Serves 6


1 roll Melissa’s Cooked Quinoa

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1 bulb fennel, cored, quartered and thinly sliced

1 onion, halved and thinly sliced

6 baby zucchini, thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced​

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

2 tablespoons slivered fresh basil (optional)

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Quinoa with Sautéed Fennel, Onions and Baby Zucchini

  • 1 package cooked quinoa
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil (divided)
  • 1 bulb fennel (cored, quartered, and thinly sliced)
  • 1 medium onion (halved and thinly sliced)
  • 6 pieces baby zucchini (thinly sliced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (thinly sliced)
  • kosher salt & freshly ground pepper (to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil (thinly sliced)
  • 1 package baby heirloom tomatoes (halved)
  1. Slice the quinoa roll into slices a little less than 1/2-inch thick and set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the fennel and the onions, and sauté for 5 minutes until they start to become tender. Add the zucchini and the garlic, season with salt and pepper, and sauté for another 5 minutes, until all of the vegetables are tender. Transfer to a plate, and cover loosely with foil. Carefully wipe out the skillet.
  3. Place the skillet back over medium high heat, and add the remaining tablespoon olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the quinoa slices in batches, and sauté for about 4 minutes on each side, until they start to turn golden brown.
  4. Remove the quinoa slices to a serving platter. Distribute the vegetables over the quinoa slices, sprinkle the basil over, if using, and serve immediately.