Quinoa with Roasted Beets, Beet Greens and Tofu


This year until last week I couldn’t find good fresh beets in the farmers market.  Last week when I went there, to my surprise they had really fresh beet bunches with fresh beet greens.  I couldn’t resist and bought a big bunch.  While they are fresh, I wanted to make some dish and came up with this one.  The dish came out really good, but I would have enjoyed if I had added some extra spice – like crushed red chili flakes



  • ¾ cup Quinoa
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 7 oz extra firm tofu
  • ½ lb beets
  • 8 oz beet greens roughly torn into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 3 medium garlic cloves finely chopped
  • ¼ inch piece fresh ginger finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seed roasted

For the Sauce:

  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon hot chili sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon rice vinegar


  • Add quinoa and water to a covered saucepan and cook uncovered until it start to boil
  • Lower flame and cover and cook until all water is absorbed – about 15 minutes. Set aside
  • Drain tofu on paper towel and cut into ¼ inch cubes
  • Peel beets and cut into thin cubes.
  • Preheat oven to 375 F. Lightly spray cooking oil to a cookie sheet and spread cut beets and tofu in one layer.  Spray oil over the cut beets and tofu and roast for about 40-45 minutes.
  • To make the sauce in a small bowl combine together soy sauce, sesame oil, chili sesame oil, and rice vinegar. Set aside
  • Add cooking oil to a large skillet and add garlic and ginger and saute until they are lightly browned. Add beet greens and saute until leaves are wilted
  • Add roasted beets, tofu, and cooked Quinoa to the skillet and mix well
  • Add sauce mixture to the Quinoa and combine and cook on low flame for another minute or two
  • Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds
  • Serves 2 main dishes.

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