Cheezy Broccoli and Quinoa with Garbanzo Beans

Need a healthy plant-based meal that is super easy and tastes delicious too? Look no further! This vegan-friendly recipe uses the umami flavors of nutritional yeast to add the “cheezy” flavor to this hearty, protein-rich dish. Just throw everything in the pot and walk away while dinner cooks—you’ll be rewarded with a delicious, complete vegan meal.

2 cups organic vegetable broth
1⁄2 cup Natural Grocers® Brand Bulk Nutritional Yeast
1 cup Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic White Quinoa, thoroughly rinsed and drained
1 head of organic broccoli or 1 (10-ounce) bag Natural Grocers Brand Organic Frozen Broccoli Florets
1 medium organic red pepper, diced
1 can (15.5-ounce) can Natural Grocers Brand Organic Garbanzo Beans, drained
  Natural Grocers Brand Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Ground Black Pepper
Natural Grocers Brand Bulk seasonings
1⁄2 teaspoon Organic Ground Turmeric Root
1 teaspoon Organic Garlic Granules
  ¼ - ½ teaspoon Real Salt, (depending on the saltiness of your broth)
Optional toppings
1 bunch organic green onions, thinly sliced
1⁄2 cup Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Tamari Pumpkin Seeds

1. Bring the vegetable broth to a boil in a large pot with a tight-fitting lid.

2. While the broth comes to a boil, cut the broccoli into bite-sized florets, peel the stem, and cut into ½-inch pieces, discarding the bottom inch. You should have about 3 cups. Skip this step if using frozen broccoli.

3. Once the broth is boiling, add the nutritional yeast, spices, and quinoa; stir to combine. Scatter the broccoli, diced red pepper, and garbanzo beans over the top and allow it to come back to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to maintain a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes.

4. Turn off the heat and allow to rest for 10 minutes with the lid on. Fluff with a fork and serve topped with a drizzle of olive oil, black pepper, green onion, and pumpkin seeds if desired.  

(without optional pumpkin seeds or green onion)

Calories Carbohydrates Protein Fat Fiber
405 kcal 56 g 22 g 12 g 14 g

Recommended Beverage: Beer

Recommended Style: IPA

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