All posts tagged: quinoa

Roast Squash and Feta Quinoa

As a kid, I despised butternut squash. I don’t know what it was about it, I just wouldn’t go near it. Over the years my taste buds have grown up (probably more than I have) and I’ve learned to love it. This is pretty good news when it comes to health benefits, the guys over at wholeliving.com say: “Low in fat, butternut squash delivers an ample dose of dietary fiber, making it an exceptionally heart-friendly choice. It provides significant amounts of potassium, important for bone health, and vitamin B6, essential for the proper functioning of both the nervous and immune systems.”   1 butternut squash, diced 160g quinoa 150g feta 2 tbsp olive oil juice of 1 lemon 2 cloves garlic, chopped finely handful pumpkin seeds a few snips of chives Heat your oven to Gas Mark 7 (conversions here) and put the butternut squash in a roasting dish. Drizzle with one tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with a teaspoon of salt then shake the dish to coat all the pieces. Roast on the top …

Vegan Rainbow Marinade Salad

If you’re a regular, you’ll know I recently announced that I am venturing in to six weeks of veganism after watching Vegucated. It’s a challenge that I’m wholeheartedly embracing not only for my body (and the animals of course) but also my brain, nothing could kick me vigorously in to learning more about plant based foods than making them the only thing I can eat. So in all my recipes for the next six weeks I’ll be including new things I’ve learned about ingredients and their health benefits, alongside killer tips for doing vegan. Speaking of, I have some questions for devout veganists, scroll right to the bottom of this post to go all Hermione on me. Quinoa is my new favourite thing, I think I discovered it on Oh She Glows, the blog that introduced me to the very concept of food blogging. Kind of boring alone, but unbeatable with a glug of good olive oil, a generous amount of garlic and a squeeze of lemon juice. I liked it before, but its about …

Meat Free Monday – Sweetcorn Quinoa Salad

Meat Free Monday is something you should all be taking part in, its a fun way to switch up your diet and get creative and thoughtful when it comes to thinking up recipes. If you want to find out a little more about the campaign, check out their website here. When it comes to quinoa, I have a pretty basic set-up for constructing a recipe. Quinoa + 2 veg servings + little salad-y things + something kinda creamy (like yoghurt or avocado), it works every time. Serves 2 200g baby sweetcorn Couple fistfuls of tender stem purple sprouting broccoli 80g quinoa 3 cloves garlic 2 tbps sesame oil Little drizzle chilli oil 2 heaped tbsps houmous 2 heaped tbsps lentil, pea and bean shoots 4 spring onions, chopped finely Each 40g serving of quinoa wants to cook in 200ml water, so rinse your quinoa off under cold water then put it on to boil in 400ml of water, it’ll take 15-18 minutes so chuck a timer on. Heat the sesame oil in a big pan and …