I've been trying to come up with more pantry-friendly, simple dinner recipes for you all to enjoy during this time. This one-pot cheesy vegan quinoa with broccoli and chickpeas is a healthy comfort food that can easily be made with pantry and freezer ingredients. It's creamy, gluten-free, hearty, and so easy to make!
This dish is made by simple cooking the quinoa in a savory broth, flavored with aromatic onion and garlic. Then we add nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor, and a quick homemade cashew milk for creaminess. Then we add chickpeas and broccoli, and the veggies get steamed as the flavor marinates throughout the dish.
As I'm cooking a lot during quarantine, the dishes just seem to pile up. And since we don't have a dishwasher, I love anything that minimizes the amount of dishes used during the process, which is why this one-pot meal is the perfect cozy dish for these nights.
- Cashews: serve as the creamy sauce base. I love to buy them bulk online here, since I use them for so many vegan recipes.
- Quinoa: quinoa simply soaks up the delicious flavors and quinoa goodness in this dish, as well as adds protein!
- Chickpeas: add protein and texture
- Broccoli florets: fresh or frozen both work!
- Vegetable broth: a flavorful liquid to cook the quinoa.
- Garlic + onion: add savory depth of flavor.
- Nutritional yeast: the ultimate vegan staple, giving so many recipes a cheesy flavor! I love to buy it in bulk here.
- Lemon juice: boosts the cheesy flavor!
Why you'll love this cheesy vegan quinoa dish:
- One-pot: this means less dishes and effort- woohoo!
- Pantry friendly: This recipe consists of ingredients I always have in my pantry, and I tend to also have frozen broccoli florets. But if you don't, feel free to get creative and add the veggies that you do have.
- Easily customizable: The broccoli and chickpeas can easily be switched out for other veggies and legumes, as the quinoa can be switched out for another grain. Read on for serving suggestions!
- Hearty: The protein in the quinoa, chickpeas, and broccoli make this a complete, filling meal.
- So delicious: This vegan cheesy quinoa is garlicky, creamy, and comforting.
- Spinach or mushrooms would be delightful in this dish
- Chickpeas could be substituted for another bean such as white beans
- Broccoli can be substituted with peas or another green veggie
- Quinoa can be substituted with rice or a similar grain- just be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly
- I love to add chopped chives or green onions on top for garnish
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 2 cups water
- ½ cup diced onion
- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 ½ tbsp oil or water
- 1 ½ cups quinoa
- 3 cups vegetable broth or 3 cups water + 1 tbsp vegetable bouillon
- 12-14 oz. fresh or frozen broccoli florets
- 1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas or 1 15 oz. can chickpeas
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp salt (or to taste, depends on saltiness of bouillon)
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- chives or green onions, chopped, for garnish
- Sauté onion in oil or water in a pot over medium high heat until translucent, 3-5 mins. Then, add minced garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 2 more mins.
- Add in quinoa and toast lightly for 1-2 mins, before adding in vegetable broth or water and bouillon. Bring to a boil, and then cover and simmer on medium low heat until most of the liquid is absorbed, 8-12 mins.
- Meanwhile, make your cashew cream by blending 1 cup cashews and 2 cups water until smooth; it doesn't have to be perfect.
- Once quinoa is cooked, add in cashew cream, nutritional yeast, salt, pepper, garlic powder and chickpeas. Stir to combine, and then add the broccoli florets. Cover with a lid to steam the broccoli and cook until tender, 3-5 mins.
- Check with a fork to see that the broccoli is tender, add lemon juice, and stir to combine. Serve topped with chopped green onions or chives. Enjoy!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 692Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1326mgCarbohydrates: 108gFiber: 38gSugar: 19gProtein: 37g
Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although zenandzaatar.com attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.