Easy quinoa recipe


This filling dinner works great with whatever veg you have, so don't feel restricted to the veg we have used. It also goes great with some fresh herbs if you have any in the fridge or growing in the garden.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

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Serves: 4 people

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To Serve


  1. Snap the tough ends off the asparagus (making sure you leave the spears intact), then chop each spear into three. Set aside.
  2. Warm the oil in a large pot set over a high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the onion, tomato, garlic and ginger and cook for 5 minutes, stirring regularly to stop the veg from sticking to the bottom. Add the curry powder and turmeric and mix it through the veg, then add the quinoa, carrots, sweet potato, vegetable stock and bay leaves.
  3. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Put the lid on, leaving it slightly ajar to let the steam out. After about 10 minutes, once the water level drops below the top of the cooking quinoa, add the asparagus, red pepper and peas. Simmer for another 5 to 10 minutes, until all the water has evaporated.
  4. Turn the heat off, put the lid on and leave it sit for about 5 minutes to puff up the quinoa and make it nice and fluffy. Mix the veg through the quinoa, then stir in the lime juice. Serve with some flaked almonds on top. Dave loves to sprinkle chilli flakes on top of this too.

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