Healthy Eating

3 Ways To Cook With Quinoa

Quinoa credentials

A portion of cooked quinoa (100g) contains:

• 120 calories
• 2g fibre
• 4g protein
• 2g fat


  • Breakfast Shredded omelette & grains

    Serves: 2

    Total time: 10 minutes

    • 1 tbsp oil

    • 3 large eggs, beaten

    • 100g quinoa

    • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced

    • 1 stick celery, thinly sliced

    • 1 tbsp tomato pesto

    • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar

    • 1 tbsp chopped chives

    1. Cook the quinoa in boiling water for 20 minutes until tender.

    2. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan, and add the eggs, swirling around to cover the base of the pan. Cook gently for 2-3 minutes until just cooked. Roll up and slice thinly.

    3. Stir the onions into the quinoa and add the celery, pesto, vinegar and shredded omelette. Serve scattered with chives.

  • Lunch Chicken & apricot quinoa salad

    Serves: 2

    Total time: 25 minutes

    • 100g quinoa

    • 500ml chicken stock

    • 2 cooked chicken breasts, skin removed and shredded

    • 100g dried apricots, sliced

    • 2 small preserved lemons, shredded

    • 2 tbsp toasted pine nuts

    • 1 ripe avocado, diced

    • 50g cherry tomatoes, halved

    • 2 tbsp French dressing

    1. Cook the quinoa in boiling stock for 20 minutes until tender. Drain and run under cold water to cool.

    2. Mix all the remaining ingredients in a bowl and stir in the quinoa. Season to taste.

  • Dinner Chunky butternut, quinoa & ham hock broth

    Serves: 4

    Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes

    • 1 tbsp olive oil

    • 1 onion, chopped

    • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

    • 2 tomatoes, roughly chopped

    • 350g butternut squash, cut into small cubes

    • 350g sweet potato, cut into small cubes

    • 1.2 litres chicken stock, hot

    • ½ tsp dried chilli flakes (optional)

    • 150g quinoa

    • 90g ham hock (pulled)

    • 25g pack flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped

    1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Cook the onion and garlic for 5 minutes until softened. Add the tomatoes and cook for 2-3 minutes until pulpy.

    2. Add the butternut and sweet potato, stock and chilli, if using. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the quinoa and ham hock and cook gently for 15 minutes until the vegetables and quinoa are tender.

    3. Ladle into bowls, scatter over the parsley and serve.

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