Grilled Carrots and Pumpkin Over Quinoa

Pumpkin and carrots go great together. They both have a vegetal sweetness and meld nicely in both sweet and savory dishes. Grilling draws out their natural sugars and they develop a complex flavor. The two alone are outstanding but adding nutty quinoa to the mix makes a very filling plate that you’ll want to eat again and again.

Serves 6


  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth, reduced-sodium
  • 1 cup seeds of quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 2-3 carrots, peeled and cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/2 small pumpkin, peeled, seeded and cut into half rounds
  • Toasted pumpkin seeds, for garnish
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish


  1. Lightly drizzle the carrots and pumpkin with olive oil.
  2. Sprinkle both sides with salt and black pepper.
  3. Lightly brush the grates of your grill or a grill pan with olive oil to prevent sticking.
  4. Heat over medium-high.
  5. Grill carrots and pumpkin for about 7 minutes per side or until tender with nice grill marks.
  6. Bring the chicken or vegetable broth to a boil over medium-high heat.
  7. Pour in the quinoa.
  8. Add some salt and black pepper.
  9. Stir and reduce to a simmer.
  10. Cover and cook for 12-15 minutes or until tender and all the liquid is absorbed.
  11. Remove from the heat and leave covered for a few minutes.
  12. Uncover and fluff with a fork. Leave to cool.
  13. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  14. Combine the lemon juice with 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil in a small bowl.
  15. Whisk and season with a bit of salt.
  16. Pour the dressing over the quinoa and toss to coat.
  17. Transfer to a serving platter or individual serving plates.
  18. Top with grilled carrots and pumpkin.
  19. Finish with pumpkin seeds and garnish with basil.

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