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Thai Peanut Quinoa Bake

May 10, 2020

A quick and easy one-pan meal, this Thai Peanut Quinoa Bake makes a flavorful vegetarian dinner recipe for the whole family. Topped with a zesty peanut sauce, your weekday dinners are officially complete!

Sometimes it feels like I’ve spent the majority of my adult life figuring out what balance looks like to me. I basically went from carnivore to vegan and now find myself somewhere in between. I went from buying 100% conventional produce to thinking organic is the only way. I’ve realized I can eat meat and be conscious about where my meat is sourced. I can buy organic when it’s available but not stress when I have to occasionally buy conventional. Healthy living doesn’t fall on one extreme or the other for me… it falls somewhere in the middle. 

Which brings me to this thai peanut quinoa bake recipe. I used to have very polarizing opinions about Costco but have recently realized, it’s okay to fall somewhere in the middle! This recipe came about when I came across a gigantic bag of quinoa at Costco for $16. $16! 

Dinner doesn’t get much easier than this – you need a few key ingredients, one baking dish and you’ve got a delicious meal ready in no time. 

Thai Peanut Quinoa Bake Ingredients:

The most important part (in my opinion) is this peanut sauce! Here’s what you need for the sauce:

 

Do You Have to Precook the Quinoa?

No! One of the best things about this recipe (besides the flavor) is that you don’t have to pre-cook the quinoa. You can literally mix all of the ingredients together and bake. It doesn’t get much simpler than that… it’s the perfect recipe to assign to your partner that might not be super comfortable in the kitchen. The quinoa takes on all of the amazing flavors it’s surrounded by in the dish. 

How to Make This Thai Peanut Quinoa Bake [Step-By-Step]

STEP 1: Preheat oven and grease a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish.

STEP 2: Add uncooked quinoa to casserole dish and top with red onion, broccoli, edamame and bell pepper.

STEP 3: Combine water and coconut milk and stir in curry powder, ginger, cayenne and salt.

STEP 4: Make peanut sauce by combining all ingredients in a jar and shaking everything together (or mix in a bowl).

STEP 5: Pour water-coconut milk mixture over quinoa-vegetable mixture until well coated and then drizzle with HALF of thai peanut sauce.

STEP 6: Cover with tinfoil (or a top if your casserole dish has one) and bake for 45 minutes covered.

STEP 8: Remove tin foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until all liquid has been absorbed by quinoa.Top with remaining peanut sauce and serve.

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Thai Peanut Quinoa Bake

A quick and easy one-pan meal, this Thai Peanut Quinoa Bake makes a flavorful vegetarian dinner recipe for the whole family. Topped with a zesty peanut sauce, your weekday dinners are officially complete!

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 65 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Diet: Vegetarian
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Ingredients

For the Peanut Sauce:

Instructions

For the Peanut Sauce:

  1. Add all ingredients together in a large bowl.

For the Casserole:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease a large casserole dish (9×13) with coconut oil or coconut oil spray.
  3. Add uncooked quinoa to casserole dish and top with red onion, broccoli, edamame and bell pepper.
  4. Combine water and coconut milk and stir in curry powder, ginger, cayenne and salt.
  5. Pour water-coconut milk mixture over quinoa-vegetable mixture until well coated.
  6. Top with half of peanut sauce and cover with tin foil.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes covered with tin foil.
  8. Remove tin foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until all liquid has been absorbed by quinoa.
  9. Top with remaining peanut sauce and serve.

*I used white quinoa however you may need to bake for longer with tricolor quinoa – approx 50 minute covered and 15-20 minutes uncovered.

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  • Reply
    Alysia at Slim Sanity
    January 8, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Costco is the only place I buy quinoa anymore! We bought 4 pounds last weekend. i love how many organic options for food there are there! Like, slightly obsessed.

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      The Healthy Maven
      January 9, 2016 at 7:09 pm

      Right?! It makes my whole “big box” moral dilemma kind of difficult haha

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    Gwen @ Delightful Adventures
    January 8, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Documentaries have a way of doing those things to us 🙂 …Costco too! I totally buy that big bag of quinoa each time I am there.How can you not? 😉

    This looks DELICIOUS! I love the peanut sauce. I’m missing a few ingredients but I’ve added them to my grocery list so I can make this next week. Thank you!

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    Laura
    January 8, 2016 at 9:26 am

    My daughter shops at BJs only because of the great selection of organic vegetables.

    This recipe looks yummy. What can we use to substitute peanut butter? Tahini? Or would it be possible to try almond butter instead of peanut butter?

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    dixya | food, pleasure, and health
    January 8, 2016 at 10:07 am

    i try to be conscious consumer but due to my lifestyle and finances, it is very hard to be perfect all the time..but small efforts counts too i hope in the long run. i do get influenced by documentaries a lot as well.

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    Kelly @ Eat the Gains
    January 8, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Ugh, Costco is the best and the worst. They do have some good deals on healthy stuff, which I love, but somehow my boyfriend and I usually end up there on a Sunday with the rest of the world and everyone just loses their common sense. I just don’t get it. We just got that huge bag of quinoa last week from there, so I think I will try this next week! It looks bomb!

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      The Healthy Maven
      January 9, 2016 at 7:11 pm

      Fab! Perfect way to use your quinoa 🙂 And I know! Weekends at Costco actually make me question my sanity haha

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    She Rocks Fitness
    January 8, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    As you know I LOVE Costco and when you live on island 30 miles out to sea stocking up at Costco is a huge money saver for me and YES it is the only place I buy quinoa now. It’s 100% worth it.

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    Lisa
    January 8, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    This looks so tasty! Adding this to my list to try this month 🙂 Also seems like a great ‘batch cook’ type recipe to get meals made for the week.

    • Reply
      The Healthy Maven
      January 9, 2016 at 7:08 pm

      Exactly! I’d like to believe I could have this on hand for a week’s worth of meals, but my BF usually polishes it off way too quickly haha

  • Reply
    Stacie, RDN @ Simply Nourished Recipes
    January 8, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    This looks super delicious Davida! It’s lunch time and this officially made me hungry! Thanks for sharing all of your deliciousness!!

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    Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen
    January 8, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    lolol Now I see that OF COURSE you’ve watched Fed up then. Shouldn’t have even bothered asking 😉
    I feel you on the moral dilemma thing. My husband gave me a hard time about the coffee I bought the other day, it was fair trade organic and he was like “Come on, that has to be so much money, blah blah blah, the big tubs blah blah” ACTUALLY it was on sale, thank you very much! I REFUSE the BIG TUBS. Okay sorry, end rant. 😀
    This looks bomb. I love thai peanut flavor anything <3

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      The Healthy Maven
      January 9, 2016 at 7:06 pm

      GIRLFRIEND I brought a bag of fair-trade, organic, solar-roasted coffee with me to Malibu LOL…Lee and I polished it off in an amount of time I’m too ashamed to admit…so we succumbed to a bag of Peets from Target haha. Can’t always win!

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    Cassie
    January 8, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Quinoa with an Asian fusion? How delicious does that sound?! I also watched Cowspiracy and I’ve decided to make a very slow transition to a plant based diet. I haven’t started just yet–I’m going to be vegetarian by the time I start college and I can’t wait!

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    Consuelo | Earthly Taste
    January 8, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Ooohhhh how come I hadn’t seen the new site??? It looks terrific and you look gorgeous in the pic! I also love the looks of this ahhhh *.*

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    Cassie @ Almost Getting it Together
    January 8, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    I LOVE COSTCO. Not as much as Joe though. He goes and buys me boxes of Kind bars and ships them to me 🙂 I actually just get Costco delivered here… because #sanfrancisco.

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      The Healthy Maven
      January 9, 2016 at 7:04 pm

      LOL I just wolfed down two kind bars. I bought two boxes worth of them at Target this week since I’m SO HUNGRY! They’re all gone now wahhhh

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    Maddie
    January 9, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Love, love, LOVE this Davida! It is so important to find a balanced approach in life. I sometimes find myself in a situation where I am beyond frusterated because I cannot achieve the perfection I want, but I have come to realize that this state is IMPOSSIBLE. I am so glad that I have postive influences like you in my life 🙂

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      The Healthy Maven
      January 10, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      Aw thank you, lovely! It’s a good lesson to learn. You just gotta do what you can, but not at the expense of driving yourself crazy. We can keep each other accountable 🙂

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    Sarah D
    January 10, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    I just made this for dinner and it was DELISH! Definitely going to be added to my regular recipe rotation. That peanut sauce is amazing. Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Reply
      The Healthy Maven
      January 11, 2016 at 8:42 am

      So wonderful! It’s actually on the menu here tonight too 🙂

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    Neely
    January 11, 2016 at 1:46 am

    I’m curious, what’s your morale dilemma with Costco? It wasn’t clear if you were upset because they’re a big box store or because they sell meat. I only ask because I’ve never heard any criticism about Costco before. They’re a big employer where I live in Seattle, because they’re headquartered here. They provide living-wage jobs to even those on the bottom of the corporate ladder. In the 90s, I worked for a local grocery store and was paid $4.50/hour. I had friends who bagged groceries at Costco and the starting wage was $10/hour. This was 1992. I don’t know the start salary now, but I bet it’s pretty high. I just think they’re a great company all around and they have an amazing wine selection. That’s saying a lot coming from me, because I’m generally anti-big box in general. Luckily, we don’t have Walmart in Seattle, so I don’t have to ever even consider shopping there. Not trying to start an argument, I’m just generally curious. BTW, I’m going to try your recipe this week.

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      The Healthy Maven
      January 11, 2016 at 8:34 am

      Totally understand where you’re coming from! In an ideal world, I’d be able to shop 100% local and support my local farmers who are often overshadowed by these big box stores. Not trying to bash on Costco specifically, just that these larger grocery stores make it harder for local farmers to compete. Thanks for sharing! Glad we’re able to start a positive discussion here 🙂

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    Alison
    January 22, 2016 at 10:11 am

    If I wanted to add chicken, do you think I could put it in with everything in the casserole dish? Or just cook it separately and add it after? Thanks! Looks delicious.

    • Reply
      The Healthy Maven
      January 22, 2016 at 10:23 am

      yup! Just throw it in with everything else and it will cook through perfectly 🙂

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    Krystle
    January 26, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    When you say to pour the milk mixture to cover, do you mean to not use the full amount? Also should the vegetables not be stirred? I used the full amount and stirred it and followed the recipe to a t. It has now been cooking for 50 minutes covered and 30 minutes uncovered and the quinoa is still not cooked. Gonna try covering it for a bit to see if it can be salvaged.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      January 26, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      Hi Krystle. Yes, the full amount should be used. What kind of quinoa are you using? Also perhaps your oven runs cooler? I’ve made this many times, as have so many others without any issue! Hope it works out for you.

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      kate
      December 29, 2016 at 11:11 pm

      I had EXACTLY the same issue when I tried this. It took about twice as long as indicated to get to anything other than soup.
      I used white quinoa, and started with a hotter oven (my husband had just cooked a pizza at a higher temp). I did use a round casserole dish instead of the 13 x 9, I used the full amount of liquid, and I did stir everything together.

      The flavor is great, and I’ll certainly try it again, but by the time the casserole wasn’t soupy anymore, everything got a little goopy instead. I suspect the wider dish (thinner layer of quinoa,) plus the layer of vegetables (rather than mixed in) might have made a difference in the steaming/cooking time.

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    Dextosterone
    February 5, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    I just came across your blog and I have been going through the Man-Friendly Vegan Meal post which I have to say has some very delicious and creative recipes. I can’t wait to make some of these recipes and share them on ig. I just wanted to let you know that you should add a note for a substitute to honey in your Thai Quinoa Casserole dish to make it completely vegan for those very strict vegans.

    Thanks

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      Davida Kugelmass
      February 7, 2016 at 10:57 am

      yup! You’re so right – maple syrup is a great substitute as is coconut sugar. Thanks for the heads up!

  • Reply
    Lindsay
    March 17, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Can I use frozen broccoli?

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    Lindsay
    March 18, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    This was so good. My husband hates qunioa but he loved this dish. The full fat coconut milk made it so creamy and delicious and I’m so glad it makes enough for leftovers.

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      March 20, 2016 at 1:46 pm

      Glad you enjoyed! Sorry for being so delayed in responding. Was on vacation. Enjoy the leftovers!

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    Michelle
    March 22, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Hi. What can I substitute for edamame? (No soy)

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    Lynn D
    March 31, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    This recipe looks delicious! But I’ve never used coconut milk & so I looked it up online – the calories and fat in coconut milk are off the charts high! Any suggestions for something I could use in its place or maybe replace half of it with something else?

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    Jennie
    March 31, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    This recipe looks really good…I will have to try it! Oh, and FYI, unlike Lululemon, those “cheap knock-off yoga pants” are actually made in Canada, and are actually a decent quality, like lulu was before they sold out and began making them in sweatshops in China. Wouldn’t hurt to do a little extra research if you are wanting to be a more conscious consumer? Not to mention that a huge bag of organic quinoa at Costco is a fraction of the price at the supermarket, so one again, smart consumerism!

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    vishal surana
    April 2, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    I tried it today. Rather Edamame I have used sweet potato. It came out very good. Thanks. It was amazing recipe

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    Katie
    August 30, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Is the coconut milk 1 1/4 cups or 1/4 cup?

    The font is difficult to decipher.

    Thanks!

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    Nicky
    September 7, 2016 at 11:31 am

    I just made this, it was good and my dad really liked it!
    But I would say the amount is 3 main meal servings.
    I just used half of the can of coconut milk (and rest water), but for me it was still a bit too fatty so I will try it with a quarter of a can next time. And I just used 1 Tablespoon of peanut butter…that was plenty..

    Thanks so much for this recipe! Finally a veggie dish my dad likes! The title really holds its promise 🙂

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    Megan
    October 3, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Great recipe. I don’t mind the coconut milk fat/calories given that this is a meat free dish and the fat is plant based. Haven’t tried it with Light Coconut milk but assuming it would work just fine. I will say, I like a LOT of flavor so I add about 3T of curry powder as well as 1T coriander, 1-2 t cumin, and 1-2t chili powder. I also use fresh grated ginger to sub for the powder. Love it this way but if you’re not accustomed to a lot of ethnic flavor it might not be for you!

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    Emma
    October 22, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    Making this for the BF and his parents tonight! So excited to debut this amazing recipe – thanks for being my go-to for a healthy perspective on food and life in general. Major life goals!!

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      October 23, 2016 at 6:52 pm

      Aw thank you, Emma! This totally made my day. I hope you and the fam enjoy it. Total hit around here!

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    Kayla
    October 27, 2016 at 9:32 am

    This recipe has become a new favorite of mine, thank you for creating this!! Do you have the nutritional information on this by chance?

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      November 4, 2016 at 11:59 pm

      I don’t, unfortunately but I’m thrilled you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for the support 🙂

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    Kelly Chehardy
    December 14, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight and OMG so delicious!!! (and I am a picky eater) This is just perfect. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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    Andrea
    January 10, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this recipe. It is one of my favs. I brought it to our Thanksgiving meal and received lots of compliments by everyone 🙂

    • Reply
      Andrea
      January 10, 2017 at 11:05 pm

      Referring to the Thai Quinoa Casserole. Not sure where the Sticky Orange Chicken recipe link came from since I don’t eat meat.

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    Eric
    January 27, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    My girlfriend sent me this recipe and asked me to cook it for dinner. We had most of the ingredients on hand so I gave it a go. It’s so good, addictively good! And it comes together so quickly, it’s definitely going to be one of our go to meals. Only thing I subbed out was peas for the edamame, we didn’t have it on hand.

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    Jennifer
    May 17, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    I modified this by cooking rice with the coconut sauce on the stove-top and steaming veggies separately, and putting peanut sauce on everything. (It was too hot to bake).
    All I can say is OH.MY.GOODNESS was this ever good! My 4-year old even took a few bites and said “I want to eat this EVERY DAY!”

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    Caraskitchen
    July 1, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    I completely get where you are at with costco. Personally I like to go there for certain things- like la croix cause its so much cheaper then buying it anywhere else. Anyways- this recipe sounds amazing, i am absolutely going to try it out

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    sohni
    January 5, 2018 at 6:03 am

    this is best and healthy light dinner food …. with easy recipe…thank you for this tips…plz share more

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    Trish
    August 17, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    My husband and I are obsessed with this recipe and have it once a week. I make a big ol’ pan for leftovers too. Usually eat it on its own in a big bowl. Sometimes I make sauteed brussels sprouts and throw that in my bowl with it. I put it over diced chicken or tofu, or I just add that to the mixture depending on the day. It’s so easy to tweek. I just throw whatever veggies I have in the fridge.
    Every time we eat it we are just like “my god this is so amazing.” haha THANKS1

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    Jenni
    January 5, 2019 at 8:29 am

    this is amazing. I’ve used rice and also done it on the stovetop and it’s always excellent.

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    Bettina Bogar
    April 20, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    Okay, can I just say this peanut sauce is the best one I’ve ever had? It’s a fact, based on two opinions (Adam+mine), haha.
    I also love how this recipe is totally customizable for whatever you have in your pantry. I didn’t have edamame and just ended up using pigeon peas 🙂 DELICIOUS all the way. We’ll be making it again. Thanks Davida!

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      Davida Lederle
      April 21, 2020 at 5:55 pm

      YAY B! So happy you guys enjoyed 🙂 It’s a classic around here and a great reminder to go in and reshoot these pics 😉

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    Sara
    May 24, 2020 at 11:00 am

    Oh my, this recipe is to die for! I made it last week for my boyfriend’s birthday and it was a huge success. I subbed in courgettes instead of broccoli because I didn’t have any in the fridge and it worked perfectly. I was looking forward to eating the leftovers for lunch the next day, but there weren’t any (and it was just three of us). This is definitely going to become a regular in our kitchen. Thanks for All your healthy and delicious recipes, Davida!

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      Davida Lederle
      May 25, 2020 at 2:13 pm

      So happy to hear that Sara! Thanks so much for the feedback. I so appreciate it!

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    Tamara
    July 11, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    This recipe is delicious! And so so so easy, which I love 🙂 Have been hunting for some truly simple throw stuff together after work meal ideas, and you have some great ones.

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