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.  


Nutrition per serving

(without optional pumpkin seeds or green onion)

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


Beer Pairing

Recommended Wine Style: IPA

  • Crux Fermentation Gimme Mo IPA