Quinoa with Fresh Veggies and a Lemon Pesto Sauce

Quinoa with Fresh Veggies and a Lemon Pesto Sauce


Just the other day I committed the ultimate travel faux pas. I took us to the wrong airport and then we missed our flight.

Well to be fair it was the right airport, just a different terminal that happened to be 22 km away, and we didn’t quite “miss” the flight, we got there 35 minutes before the flight but were no longer allowed to check in.

And so instead of getting in to Penang, where we’re renting an apartment for a month and half at 3:30pm we didn’t get in until just past 10, after a series of buses, metro rides and cabs.

Oh and all the wasted money.

What a mess.

Most upsetting though? We took the train to the airport and if we had just gotten there six minutes earlier we would have arrived 20 minutes earlier (since we would have caught a different train) and just made it through check in, even with going to the wrong airport.

Only six minutes.



It’s going to take me a while to get over that one.

So to make myself feel better, what did I do?

Make quinoa. That always helps, right?

My mom brought me a bag of quinoa to Australia since I had been living quinoa free for months as I couldn’t find any in India, Nepal or Thailand and I’ve been carrying that bag around with me since mid-January. It was time to break it out for an uplifting meal.

So I tossed that together with some veggies (tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, mint, scallions, pea sprouts) and drizzled it with a lemon and pesto concoction. It is one of the recipes for breakfast!

Perfect for a simple meal.

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Quina with Fresh Veggies and a Lemon Pesto Sauce

A simple meal full of flavors. Gluten free, dairy free and vegan. Dinner ready in under 30 minutes!

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 small cucumbers, quartered and sliced
  • 1 bunch mint, chopped
  • a few green onions, chopped
  • 1 package cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 small red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon zested
  • a bunch of pea sprouts, chopped
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp pesto (use vegan pesto for dairy free version, or vegan version)


  1. Heat oil over medium heat in a pot and add garlic. Cook until just aromatic and add quinoa. Lightly cook until just toasted. Add 1 1/2 cups water or stock to the quinoa, bring to a boil, add salt, reduce heat and simmer, covered until cooked through (15-20 minutes)
  2. In a small bowl combine pesto, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil.
  3. Once quinoa is cooked add all remaining ingredients to the quinoa pot and stir until mixed through.
  4. Serve hot.
Recipe Type: Dinner


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  1. says

    Oooo I feel for you! It is one of my worst nightmares to miss a flight. Any flight… So I always go early but then there is always stuff outside of my control; traffic, other peoples schedules and such… We almost missed one once in turkey as we were there for work and everyone kept saying we would make it on time, but they never took the traffic into account…. We made it in the end but it took som effort and lots of running in airports. I hate running in airports… But this dish would certainly help to get over it!

    • Vicky says

      Good thing you made that flight! It really was such a stressful day. Will definitely be getting to the airport way earlier now (so that if I mix up the airports again at least I’ll have a time buffer to get to the correct airport!)

    • Vicky says

      Nope not at all. We were flying with AirAsia so the tickets were super cheap as I had gotten them in advance but they wouldn’t bump us to the next flight and said we would have to buy all new tickets, which were incredibly expensive since it was the day of.

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