I don’t know about you, but the warm, bright spring weather always has me craving lighter fare.  While pasta is in heavy rotation during the winter months, I’m just not feeling it as much in the spring.  That’s where this spring veggie quinoa comes in.  It is very similar to a baked pasta dish with veggies and cheese mixed in, but it is lighter, healthier, and seems much more fitting for the season at hand.  I threw this meal together on a gorgeous sunny day when some family and friends were visiting.  For many, it was their first time trying quinoa and it received rave reviews across the board.  Quinoa is a protein-packed whole grain (technically a seed) that is similar to pasta but with a slightly nutty flavor.  If you are new to quinoa, this dish is a great way to experience it.  Give it a try.  What are you waiting for?

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