Entrees/ Vegan

Garlic Edamame Quinoa (vegan) + I passed my RD exam!!

I can’t believe the day is here when I can finally say it….

I’m officially a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

WOW, that feels good to say! I passed my exam last week after studying for a solid 3-4 weeks post-graduation. It was a whirlwind of an exam and I’m so glad it’s over with. Now let the job hunting begin…

Now onto the good stuff…aka the recipe. This easy-peasy dish goes well with anything from baked chicken, to salmon, to tofu. Use it as a side dish, have it as your main for a light lunch, or just snack on it when you’re hungry! 

This dish is packed with plant-based protein (quinoa is the only plant-based COMPLETE protein, meaning it contains all the 9 essential amino acids) and hunger-fighting fiber. 


Garlic Edamame Quinoa

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 4 medium radishes, sliced
  • 1 small cucumber, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 small shallots, sliced
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 TBSP Tamari
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 package edamame
  • pepper, to taste


  1. Add quinoa, water, and salt to a medium sauce pan and simmer for 10-15 minutes, until water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork and set aside.
  2. In a saute pan, add shallots, olive oil, and garlic and cook ~1-2 minutes until soft and golden. Add edamame, rice vinegar, and tamari and cook another minute.
  3. Add edamame mixture to quinoa and stir to combine. Add chopped cucumber, radishes, and pepper to taste. Top with desired herbs (thai basil, parsley, or cilantro work well).
  4. Enjoy room temperature or cold. Keep in fridge for up to 5 days.

This recipe is packed with flavor from the sautรฉed garlic and shallots, plus a little tamari, salt, and pepper. Yum!

A garlicky, delicious, and  sneaky way to add a few veggies and protein-packed quinoa into your day. 

Add this dish into your routine to freshen things up! This is easy to whip together in under 20 minutes. I hope you all have a fabulous week! XO

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