Simply Healthy Family: Sweet Ginger Peach Tea Quinoa with Jalepeno, Peaches and Pecans #RecipeRedux


Sweet Ginger Peach Tea Quinoa with Jalepeno, Peaches and Pecans #RecipeRedux

Is there anything better than a freshly made glass of ice cold tea on a hot day? Not really IMHO. One of my favorite go to teas is Ginger Peach Tea from Republic of Tea. It's subtle peach flavor is perfect for sipping on the patio on a hot summer day. We have paaalenty of those sort of days here in the Valley of the Sun.

Have you ever thought of using tea in your cooking or baking? To tell you the truth I hadn't ever really considered it as an option except for maybe this Green Tea Soup and this Miso Green Tea and Ginger Zucchini Noodle Soup. When the Recipe Redux team challenged us to come up with a recipe starring tea I had to rack my brain, then scour some of my favorite magazines for help.

I came across some surprising recipes using tea many of which I've bookmarked to make later. Some of my favorite's and most interesting are these Tea Smoked Chicken in a Wok by Jeanette's Healthy Living. Cooking Light's Green Tea Honey Cake is screaming summer back yard pool party as is this Vanilla Jasmine Sour Cream Tea Cake! I know I won't make it until Christmas without making these Chai Tea Cutout Cookies from Brianne at Cupcakes and Kale Chips.

I finally settled on making a sweet ginger peach tea bowl of quinoa using warm, ripe, juicy peaches and automatic toasted pecans for warmth. I added some chopped mint from our little herb garden to compliment the ginger peach flavors. I suppose this would be considered a side dish, perfect to bring to your next backyard potluck but I was content in sitting on the porch watching the kids play in the pool and eating  two  a big bowl of this.

recipe adapted from Southern Living Magazine May 2011

TIME    30 MINUTES        SERVES 4-6

2 cups sweetened Ginger Peach Tea {make strong}
1 cup uncooked quinoa (I used multi colored)
1 tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 large jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
2  fresh peaches, peeled and diced {peaches are on the Top 10 must eat Organic least and only pennies more expensive when in season}
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped

  1. Pre make 2 cups of Ginger Peach tea. Leave in pot {or pour from kettle into medium size stock pot}. Add 1 cup *pre-rinsed quinoa. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook on low for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl. 
  2. Meanwhile, melt coconut oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat; add pecans, and roast, stirring often, 5 to 7 minutes or until toasted and fragrant. Add jalapeno, and saute 1 minute. Transfer to quinoa bowl and toss to combine. Add chopped mint and mango and toss. 
Serve warm. 


Baked chicken would go good with this if you are a meat eater. However, I found this plenty flavorful and filling all on its own. 

Quinoa has a natural 'soapy' film on it and must be pre-rinsed in a fine mesh sieve. Most quinoa these days come pre-rinsed but I always rinse mine anyway. Nothing ruins a bowl of quinoa like a soapy flavor. 

The tea flavor was very, very subtly in this quinoa and while I couldn't pick it out amongst the quinoa's nutty flavor I did find that it added a bit of depth and interest to the dish. The original recipe called for white rice and I'm sure the tea would be more pronounced. 



  1. I love all the flavors going on in this dish! Really brilliant idea to cook quinoa in tea, and my kids and I love that Ginger Peach Tea too :-) Great recipe!

  2. Quinoa takes on the flavor of the added ingredients. This must taste very unique and delicious!

  3. You have managed to combine some of my favorite flavors and one recipe, thank you! I can't wait to try this, it looks incredible.

  4. Just like Jessica said, these are all of my fav flavors together! I'm going to try this with farro :) And love the additional recipe roundup mentions too with links - gonna check those out too.

    1. Ooooooo, I like the farro idea!

  5. I will definitely try this Gwen! I’m lucky to stumble upon here and learn new healthy recipe again. Everyone loves this unique recipe with favourite flavors together!

    Darlene of
    healthy eating recipes

    1. Nice to meet you Darlene & thank you!

  6. I used to order that tea all the time from Panera!! I love the idea of using it to flavor some quinoa. Must try this as a side for my next tex-mex flavored meal!

    1. If there is a Cost Plus Worl Market near you they carry the Republic of Tea brand! "Get Beautiful" & "Get Some Zzzzz's" are my other fav's!

  7. This is brilliant. I would never have thought to use tea to flavor my quinoa (but I do use broths all the time). Thank you for sharing Gwen.


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