Quinoa is very versatile and can replace any pasta or rice dish. I have even replaced my oats with quinoa as a breakfast.
What’s so great about quinoa is that is has a very high protein content.
Patrick Holford’s recipe:
225g (8oz) quinoa
1 tsp vegetable bouillon powder or 1/2 stock cube
2 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp tamari or soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame seeds (toast in a dry pan over a medium heat)
a squeeze of lemon
4 broccoli florets, chopped
2 handfuls of mangetouts
handful of baby corn
2 spring onions, chopped
1. Rinse the quinoa very well under cold, running water. Put it in a pan with 600ml of water and the bouillon powder or crumbled stock cube. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 13 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed. Fluff up the grains with an fork.
2. Mix dressing ingredients in a cup.
3. Put the broccoli in a vegetable steamer and steam for 4 1/2 minutes, then add the mangetouts and baby corn and cook for further 2 minutes, or until the vegetables are lightly cooked.
4. Serve the vegetables on a mound of quinoa and pour the dressing over the top, then sprinkle with chopped spring onions.
This was another quick recipe which I cooked in 20 minutes.
I didn’t measure out the vegetables I used a small whole broccoli, chopped into florets. A pack of mixed mangetouts and corn. I also steamed them altogether for 10 minutes.
While the vegetables were cooking I cooked the quinoa in my Pampered Chef Microwave Rice cooker which is so quick and convenient. I just rinsed the quinoa and added the water and put it on for 13 minutes. I didn’t use as much quinoa as Patrick’s recipe, I used 1 cup (with 2 1/4 cups of water) which was enough for two portions.
I actually forgot the vegetable bouillon powder although I feel with the flavour of the dressing the bouillon powder could be overpowering as I didn’t miss it.
I enjoyed this dish with a portion of salmon and some prawns. You could compliment this dish with any meat or fish you prefer or even have it on it’s own. You could also use different steamed vegetables.
I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I did.
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