i am happy to announce that this quinoa with grilled zucchini is officially beach picnic tested and approved. in a bid to, uh, actually get out and do things, um, ever, my husband and i have taken dinner to the beach twice recently. this dinner, to be precise. both times. if it ain’t broken (and it’s already half made using leftovers from tuesday’s recipe), right?
the first time we brought this quinoa to the beach, it was intentional. as in, i had been recipe testing for this post and planned to bring the leftovers to the beach for us. the second time (just a week later), we decided to go to the beach, then turned our attention to what we could possibly scrape together to bring with us for dinner.
my husband voted for bringing open flames and raw poultry to the beach. ever the wet blanket, i suggested that perhaps we could just throw this quinoa together again in our kitchen and then be on our way. you know, to take advantage of our countertops that, albeit ugly, are not made of sand. (is anyone else having flashbacks to eating sandy pb&js as a kid??)
not violating beach prohibitions on open flames/not eating sandy chicken/laziness won out and we threw this quinoa together in literally 17 minutes and then were on our way out the door. hooray for being on a throw-zucchini-and-onions-on-the-grill tear that makes this so super easy to put together in a quick minute!
all of this is to say, even if you’re not debating between eating sandy/raw (no open flames, ‘member?) chicken at this beach or this quinoa, i still think this quinoa is worth a spot on your summer menu. it’s easy, fast, portable, requires very little stove time (read: heating up the already insufferably hot kitchen), and makes for fantastic leftovers.
as written, the recipe contains chicken/turkey sausage but you could very easily leave that out and either just move on or toss in some olives or maybe charred corn or cherry tomatoes (oh my goodness, i want all of these variations now AND i just finished dinner! what is my deal?!). right, as i was saying, vegetarian or not, up to you. either way, quinoa with grilled zucchini will be delicious, and not just in a “better than sandy/raw chicken” kind of way, either.