Curried Vegetables with Coconut Quinoa

Hi Friends!

Today I’ve got dinner for you! And it’s so ridiculously easy that it seems lame to even call it a recipe.

Here’s the deal. The Bean Household is a house divided on this meal. One of us liked it and the other didn’t. Usually when that happens, I either don’t post about it….or I end up telling you about it in one of my kitchen fails posts. The reason I’m making this a post of its own is because something strange happened tonight. I liked dinner and hubby didn’t. That almost NEVER happens. I can probably count on one hand the number of things that I like and he doesn’t – one of the being ice cream/frozen yogurt when it’s cold out (he’s weird right?!).

Anyways, I’ll just go ahead and move on to the “recipe” now and share both opinions. Then you guys can decide for yourselves :)

We make curry all the time for dinner. Like once a week usually. It’s pretty basic, easy to make and we both like it. Last night, inspiration struck me while I was in the shower at 9:30pm. Yes, we eat dinner at 10pm sometimes- don’t judge us! I realized it’d been a while since I busted out my industrial-sized bag of quinoa from Costco so I decided I would sub that for rice in our curry. Then I wondered what would happen if I cooked the quinoa in the coconut milk instead of using it to make a sauce for the curry.

So I went for it! While the quinoa was cooking, I sauteed some veggies and added some curry paste.

Then I plated the two, and served! Here’s the thing…as Sarah can tell you, I’m not a big coconut fan. But for some reason I don’t mind coconut milk- when it’s mixed with curry paste. So, since I always mix everything together on my plate, I figured some of the curry would get mixed into the coconut quinoa and it probably wouldn’t taste all that different from our regular curry. I was correct.

What I neglected to think about, however, was the fact that the hubby is not a mixer. He likes to keep things separate and then just scoop a little of each onto his fork. He informed me that “coconut milk without curry powder tastes like sunscreen.” So, he loved the veggies, hated the quinoa.


I do agree with him on the quinoa by itself. I didn’t like it either. Too coconut-y. But if you mix everything together, it’s a nice balance of spicy and sweet. OR, if you enjoy coconut- like most people- you shouldn’t have a problem at all :)

Curried Vegetables With Coconut Quinoa

by Lindsay L

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 15 min

Keywords: stovetop saute entree side healthy vegetarian quinoa vegetables Indian

Ingredients (Serves 2-3 as a meal)

  • 1 1/2 c light coconut milk
  • 3/4 c quinoa, uncooked
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c onion, diced
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 1/2 c carrots, chopped
  • 2 c broccoli, chopped
  • 1-2 Tbsp hot red curry paste
  • 1/4 c water


In a small saucepan, combine the quinoa and coconut milk. Bring to a boil, then reduced the heat and simmer 15 minutes or until almost all the milk is absorbed

In a medium saucepan, heat some olive oil over medium high heat. Add the vegetables and saute until crisp tender.

Add the curry paste and water and stir until well mixed and the vegetables are all coated.

Serve the veggies over the quinoa.

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So there you have it!

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Today’s workout:

Holy soreness from yesterday! That coupled with the fact that I was tired from work and super stress almost led to me skipping my workout tonight. But I knew I wasn’t really too tired…I was just crabby. So I forced myself downstairs with the promise that I didn’t have to run if I didn’t want to, or lift. So what did I do? Literally crouched on the treadmill in a ball for about 5 minutes staring at the wall…then I got up and started walking. We all know I like intervals. They help pass the time quickly…but this time I focused on incline intervals (30 sec, 60 sec, 90 sec) and left the speed constant.

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This workout left me dripping in sweat and was exactly what I needed tonight. I reminded me that you can get a great workout on the treadmill without running, especially when your legs and butt are already sore!


About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. Yum! This looks absolutely delicious.
    One of my favorite vegan restaurants has a Coconut-Curry Quinoa dish on the menu that I order almost every time I’m there. I’ve been dying to recreate it and this seems almost identical! I can’t wait to try it.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe. (:
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  2. I really like the combo of coconut and curry, so this sounds awesome to be. I agree about it tasting like sunscreen on its own though. :)
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted..Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

  3. I love coconut milk and curry powder! I have cooked rice in coconut milk before but never quinoa.
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  4. Looks great. Love using coconut milk with curry. Now….I need to figure out the pinning for recipes (as in how to make my recipe posts more like this.).
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  5. Yum! :) If you have any of the leftover quinoa it would make an awesome breakfast!
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  6. This looks sooo amazing!! Yum!! P.s. I tagged you in a blogger survey :)

  7. I really like the idea of using coconut milk with the quinoa! So fun. I will definitely try this!
    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite recently posted..Berry-on-the-Bottom Baked Oatmeal

  8. sounds interesting! i’ve made coconut rice but never coconut quinoa!
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  9. Hahahahahahahahahaha!

    Literally, I saw the post title and went, “COCONUT?!?!?!?!” [Not out loud. I am giving the semblance that I’m “planning” during my “planning time.”] Glad you read my mind. :)

    PS-This looks DELICIOUS!
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  10. Coconut anything and curry paste is a match made in heaven! I love the idea of coconut quinoa – def. giving that a try soon!
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  11. Just pinned this because I am SO making it sometime soon.
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    • weeeeee! thanks friend! i tried really hard to take a pretty and pinable picture even though it was 10pm and i was tired….i just had a feeling it would be a winner :)

  12. Hahaha I love his description of the quinoa. Priceless! I don’t know if I’ve ever really had curry. For some reason I have it in my head that I won’t like it…I think I need to get over it and just try it!
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  13. Looks delicious! Coconut and curry were meant to go together… Sadly my hubs doesn’t like curry so I don’t get to eat it very often :(
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  14. i think coconut milk and cream are way better than plain coconut too. And its even better infused with vegetables. like buttery good!

  15. I’m a HUGE coconut fan, but not so much with quinoa.
    Matt @ The Athlete’s Plate recently posted..Running: Good For The Mind

    • my hubby can’t get on board with quinoa either. and i admit it’s not my fav. that’s why it’s taking me like 2 years to get though this big bag of it :)

  16. Ive just recently come across your blog and im in love! I love the combination of coconut and curry, so delicious!

  17. gah! so making this. it looks incredibly delicious. :)
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