Spring Vegetable Quinoa Pilaf

Vibrant orange spray paint street art located in the heart of Bushwick, Brooklyn, showcasing the city's dynamic and diverse urban culture. Bushwick Bites. Exploring the Local Food Scene and Sustainable Initiatives in Brooklyn's Hippest Neighborhood. Bushwick Bites: Brooklyn’s fastest-growing food publication. Welcome to Bushwick Bites, the ultimate guide to the vibrant and eco-friendly food scene in one of Brooklyn’s most exciting neighborhoods. Our team of passionate food enthusiasts and sustainability advocates is dedicated to helping you discover the hidden culinary gems that make Bushwick a foodie paradise. At Bushwick Bites, we believe that delicious food and sustainable practices go hand-in-hand. Our publication strives to showcase the local eateries, innovative chefs, and community initiatives that contribute to a greener, healthier future for our neighborhood and beyond. From farm-to-table restaurants and artisanal bakeries to urban farms and zero-waste cafes, we bring you the best that Bushwick has to offer. Join us on this gastronomic adventure as we explore, taste, and celebrate the diverse flavors and eco-conscious efforts that define the unique character of Bushwick. With our expert recommendations, insider tips, and engaging stories, you’ll be able to experience the authentic spirit of this thriving community while supporting a sustainable future. Bushwick Bites is a hyperlocal publication focused on exploring the diverse culinary landscape of Bushwick’s restaurants, cafes, and food markets to uncover hidden gems and trendy hotspots that readers can explore. But our mission extends beyond Bushwick to explore the wider food culture of New York City. We attend food festivals and events, visit iconic eateries, and try out new and exciting neighborhood eats to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and developments in the city’s food scene. As advocates for sustainability and community, Bushwick Bites seeks to highlight initiatives that promote sustainable food practices and showcase chefs and restaurateurs who are making a positive impact in their communities. Our goal is to inspire and inform readers about the many culinary adventures that await them in Bushwick and beyond. So, join us on this culinary journey and let’s make a difference together! Our Niche Bushwick, Brooklyn has a diverse and thriving food scene that reflects the neighborhood’s multicultural character. Visitors can find a wide range of cuisines, from traditional Latin American and Caribbean dishes to Middle Eastern and European-inspired cuisine. The neighborhood’s streets are lined with a variety of restaurants, cafes, and bars, serving everything from casual street food to high-end cuisine. Bushwick is particularly known for its sustainable and eco-friendly dining options. Many restaurants in the neighborhood have made a commitment to sourcing ingredients locally and using environmentally friendly practices, such as composting and reducing waste. These sustainable initiatives have made Bushwick a leader in eco-friendly dining and a destination for foodies interested in conscious and ethical eating. Overall, Bushwick’s food scene is a reflection of the neighborhood’s dynamic and multicultural character, with a range of options to suit all tastes and preferences. Whether you’re a foodie looking to explore new cuisines, or an eco-conscious eater interested in sustainable dining options, Bushwick is a must-visit destination for any culinary enthusiast. Our Team The team of writers and contributors behind Bushwick Bites share a passion for promoting sustainable food practices and supporting the Bushwick community. They believe that food is a powerful tool for shaping the environment, economy, and society, and are committed to using the platform to advocate for a more equitable and sustainable food system.

Spring Vegetable Quinoa Pilaf

Serves 2


1 cup of quinoa, rinsed

2 cups of vegetable broth

1 bunch of asparagus, trimmed and chopped

1 cup of fresh or frozen peas

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon of ground cumin

Salt and pepper to taste


In a saucepan, bring the vegetable broth to a boil.

Add the rinsed quinoa to the saucepan and reduce the heat to low.

Cover the saucepan and simmer the quinoa for 15-20 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is tender.

In a separate skillet, heat the extra-virgin olive oil over medium-high heat.

Add the diced onion and minced garlic to the skillet and sauté for 2-3 minutes, or until the onion is translucent.

Add the chopped asparagus, diced red bell pepper, and ground cumin to the skillet. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cook the vegetables for 5-7 minutes, or until they are tender but still crisp.

Add the fresh or frozen peas to the skillet and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until the peas are tender and bright green.

Combine the cooked quinoa and the sautéed vegetables in a large mixing bowl. Toss to combine.

Serve the Spring Vegetable Quinoa Pilaf as a side dish or a light lunch.

This recipe is both delicious and sustainable because it features seasonal and locally-grown vegetables like asparagus, peas, and red bell pepper. By using quinoa instead of rice, you can create a protein-rich and eco-friendly pilaf. Plus, by using vegetable broth instead of meat-based broth, you can create a vegetarian and sustainable dish. Enjoy your Spring Vegetable Quinoa Pilaf!

  • Calories: 473
  • Total Fat: 17.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.3g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 581mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 64.3g
  • Dietary Fiber: 12.3g
  • Sugars: 11.7g
  • Protein: 16.1g

The nutritional values provided are for one serving, and please keep in mind that these values may vary based on the brand and quantity of ingredients used.