Thank you to Shaw’s for partnering with me on this post through Kitchen PLAY. I was compensated for developing this recipe.
Sautéed veggies and protein-rich quinoa combine with succulent ribs for this delicious Quinoa with Ribs and Sautéed Veggies recipe.
We’ve reached the part of the school year where I am quietly ticking off the days until summer vacation arrives. There’s a lot to love about the school year, and I adore hearing my kids discuss what they’ve been learning. They are two grades apart, so it’s fascinating to compare how my daughter’s experience (she’s the younger one) compares to my son’s in the same grade. And, for that matter, how their homework loads have differed.
That said, I love summer. The warmth, the sunshine, the freedom. Truly, I can’t wait until we have a few months free from the responsibility of schoolwork and the firmness of the scheduling. Even with camps thrown in the mix, summers are just so much more freeform for us.
In the meantime, we’re wrapping up all the school year stuff — there’s performances and a few last track meets, awards ceremonies and projects due. So for a few more weeks at least, we’re as time-stretched as ever and in need of fast, good dinners.
I love a meal that can be ready in a mere 20 minutes. And I especially love one that blends a touch of convenience with a lot of nutritious goodness. Quinoa with Ribs and Sautéed Veggies is all that.
A batch of quinoa — love protein-rich quinoa — is the bed for this dish. Ribs, which come already cooked and hot, join a sauté of onions, sugar snap peas and corn for a tasty (but not heavy) meal.
Start by cooking the quinoa, which takes about 20 minutes from start to finish. I like to use a ratio of slightly less than 2:1 water to quinoa when cooking it, because it gives the quinoa a firmer texture. Also, be sure to always rinse quinoa before cooking — the outer layer that you’re rinsing away is bitter.
Then, make the sauté. Start by cooking some sliced onions in olive oil. Season them lightly with salt and pepper. When they begin to turn golden brown, it’s time to add the sugar snap peas.
And about those … I was inspired to cut them lengthwise for this dish after seeing a recipe for a delightful Snap Pea and Feta Salad on A Thought for Food by Brian Samuels. I haven’t cut them this way before but I loved the way they worked in the dish with long, thin strips. The shape and size mirrored the onions and cooked to a nice, warm crisp-tender. Just perfect.
Next, you add in the corn. I love the sweetness corn brings to this recipe.
Finally, you put it all together — a bed of quinoa, a pile of veggies, some ribs and a drizzle of barbecue sauce. Just perfect.
I’ve partnered with to create this recipe. I used their Signature Cafe® ribs, which are found near the deli with the hot foods all ready to eat. Shaw’s has a store brand, Signature, that includes so many great products from kitchen staples like flour and sugar to coffee, soup, frozen foods, produce and so much more. For this recipe I used the Signature Cafe ribs along with Signature Kitchens® frozen corn and barbecue sauce to give the dish lots of flavor and nutrition.
Did you know that the Signature line includes more than 4,000 items and all have a 100 percent money back guarantee? And if you don’t have a Shaw’s near you, don’t worry. You can find the Signature line at all Albertsons Companies grocery stores, including Albertsons, ACME Market, Safeway, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Star Market, United Express, United and Carrs/Safeway.
And, one more thing … if you happen to have any leftovers, I have it on good authority from my kids that they make excellent lunches for school too.
Quinoa Bowls with Ribs and Sautéed Veggies
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 yellow onions , peeled, halved and sliced
- 1 cup sugar snap peas , rinsed and sliced length-wise
- 12- oz package Signature Kitchens Sweet White Corn , prepared
- 1 tray Signature Cafe St. Louis Style Smokehouse Ribs (from the hot foods section)
- Signature Kitchens Honey Barbecue Sauce
- Prepare the quinoa according to package directions.
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and season with salt, pepper and paprika. Cook, stirring occasionally, until golden. Add the sugar snap peas and cook until just crisp-tender. Stir in the corn and season with additional salt and pepper, as desired.
- Divide the quinoa evenly among four plates. Top each with the sautéed veggies and then a few ribs. Drizzle with additional barbecue sauce. Enjoy.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.