Summer Vegetable & Quinoa Bowls with Fairy Tale Eggplants, Shishito Peppers & Corn

Summer Vegetable & Quinoa Bowls

with Fairy Tale Eggplants, Shishito Peppers & Corn

45 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

These satisfying veggie bowls highlight a dazzling array of summertime produce. To a base of nutty red quinoa, we’re adding ginger-sautéed sweet corn, green beans and fairy tale eggplants (a petite variety with delicate, creamy flavor). An umami-rich miso dressing ties together all the dish’s flavors—and marinates our crunchy cucumber topping. Sautéed shishito peppers finish the dish off with subtle zing. (Chefs, to get your shishitos to blister in the pan, hold off on stirring them until the last minute of cooking.)

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  • Nutrition
    PER SERVING
  • Calories
    545 Cals (est.)
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Cook the quinoa:
1 Cook the quinoa:

Heat a medium pot of salted water to boiling on high. Thoroughly rinse the quinoa under cold water. Once the pot of water is boiling, add the rinsed quinoa and cook, uncovered, 16 to 18 minutes, or until tender. Drain thoroughly.

Prepare the ingredients:
2 Prepare the ingredients:

While the quinoa cooks, wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and mince the ginger. Small dice the cucumber. Cut off and discard the stem ends of the peppers; cut into 2-inch pieces on an angle. Large dice the eggplants. Snap off and discard the stem ends of the green beans; cut into 2-inch pieces. Remove and discard the husks and silks of the corn. Cut the corn kernels off the cob; discard the cob.

Make the dressing & marinate the cucumber:
3 Make the dressing & marinate the cucumber:

While the quinoa continues to cook, in a bowl, combine the vinegar, miso paste and half the ginger. Slowly whisk in 2 tablespoons of olive oil until well combined; season with salt and pepper to taste. In a separate, medium bowl, combine the cucumber and half the dressing; toss to coat and season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, for at least 10 minutes.

Cook the peppers:
4 Cook the peppers:

While the cucumber marinates, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on high until hot. Add the peppers in a single, even layer and cook, stirring once, 2 to 3 minutes, or until browned and slightly softened. Transfer to a plate and season with salt and pepper. Set aside in a warm place. Wipe out the pan.

Cook the vegetables:
5 Cook the vegetables:

While the cucumber continues to marinate, in the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the eggplants and green beans; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the corn and remaining ginger; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the vegetables are browned and slightly softened.

Finish & plate your dish:
6 Finish & plate your dish:

Add the cooked quinoa to the pan of vegetables; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined and heated through. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining dressing; season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide the finished quinoa and vegetables between 2 dishes. Top with the cooked peppers and marinated cucumber. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

1 Cook the quinoa:

Heat a medium pot of salted water to boiling on high. Thoroughly rinse the quinoa under cold water. Once the pot of water is boiling, add the rinsed quinoa and cook, uncovered, 16 to 18 minutes, or until tender. Drain thoroughly.

2 Prepare the ingredients:

While the quinoa cooks, wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and mince the ginger. Small dice the cucumber. Cut off and discard the stem ends of the peppers; cut into 2-inch pieces on an angle. Large dice the eggplants. Snap off and discard the stem ends of the green beans; cut into 2-inch pieces. Remove and discard the husks and silks of the corn. Cut the corn kernels off the cob; discard the cob.

Make the dressing & marinate the cucumber:
3 Make the dressing & marinate the cucumber:

While the quinoa continues to cook, in a bowl, combine the vinegar, miso paste and half the ginger. Slowly whisk in 2 tablespoons of olive oil until well combined; season with salt and pepper to taste. In a separate, medium bowl, combine the cucumber and half the dressing; toss to coat and season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, for at least 10 minutes.

4 Cook the peppers:

While the cucumber marinates, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on high until hot. Add the peppers in a single, even layer and cook, stirring once, 2 to 3 minutes, or until browned and slightly softened. Transfer to a plate and season with salt and pepper. Set aside in a warm place. Wipe out the pan.

Cook the peppers:
Cook the vegetables:
5 Cook the vegetables:

While the cucumber continues to marinate, in the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the eggplants and green beans; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the corn and remaining ginger; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the vegetables are browned and slightly softened.

6 Finish & plate your dish:

Add the cooked quinoa to the pan of vegetables; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined and heated through. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining dressing; season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide the finished quinoa and vegetables between 2 dishes. Top with the cooked peppers and marinated cucumber. Enjoy!

Finish & plate your dish:
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