A quick weekday meal…. Aromatic Vegetable Quinoa

I came home late from work one day last week and found a very welcome meal awaiting my arrival. A rare occasion with my son cooking a quinoa dish which without doubt was a very pleasant surprise which i hope will happen more often. We ate it warm for supper and it was even tastier the day after as a salad. I possibly prefer quinoa to couscous and i am preparing it for our main meal today….

For two persons, you will need :

100g quinoa
200g long green beans
1 yellow pepper, sliced or chopped
1 orange pepper, sliced or chopped
2 large tomatoes
400g mushrooms, sliced
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
1 teaspoon cumin
Pinch of cinnamon
1 clove garlic, optional, if you do not like garlic leave out
1 onion, finely chopped
Drizzle of olive oil for frying
Sea Salt and freshly ground pepper.

Bring quinoa to a boil and simmer according to instructions on your pack. sauté the garlic and onion on low heat in a touch of olive oil. Add the spices, mushrooms and peppers and cook for 8 minutes, stirring often. Add the cooked quinoa. Finally add the string beans and cook for 4 minutes and add the chopped tomatoes. Turn off heat and stir. Serve warm or refrigerate and use as a salad. This dish is great as a main course or a side to accompany a main.

I made this leopard print chocolate sheet this morning as the transfers are now available for domestic use…. Simply melt some white chocolate and add two spoons of oil with every 300g. Spread onto the transfer and allow to cool. Peel off and voila ! Lovely as a topping or garnish for desserts or to eat as it is !

25 responses to “A quick weekday meal…. Aromatic Vegetable Quinoa”

  1. Oh, it was nice of him to have done so. 😄

  2. That leopard print chocolate sheet looks amazing! And I’m craving the quinoa!

    1. I remember being fascinated the first time I saw the chocolate transfer, now they are available to everyone which is great !

  3. It looks lovely, very vibrant colours.

    1. Thank you, I love vibrant colors in food, reminding me of the summer still to come during an unusually wet and coldish day !

  4. A lovely dish from a (apparently) lovely son!

    1. yes Nancy a delicious dish and I sure I will be waiting a long time till I see the next one !

    1. As always so appreciate Jueseppi !

      1. Will you cook this for me and I’ll drop by to eat it on a terrace?

  5. This looks so colorful and delicious!

    1. Thank you, it is and so healthy too !

    1. Thank you, we have some left over for a salad tomorrow and I love it that way too !

  6. Me,too, Elaine – I prefer quinoa to couscous. In fact I find couscous annoying because the 10′ or so waiting for it to ‘cook’ means it’s going to be colder when you serve it. I HATE THAT! I like my food to be HOT!

    1. ELAINE??? Sighh … That’s what happens when you’re 3,482 years old. 🙁
      Apologies, Lea – my attention wandered for a bad moment …

      1. Don’t worry Margaret Rose, we are all trying to do a lot of things at the same time and its easy to get distracted ! Have a lovely day !

    2. Cover the bowl with cling film Margaret Rose and then place the bowl in a large lidded pot while it fluffs up and it usually remains warm.

      1. Not with me it doesn’t, Lea. Honestly, I’ve tried everything. I have this obsession with food and drink being hot, even if I have to wait a minute or two before consuming!

        1. You have a lovely evening Margaret Rose !

  7. Love all of your vegetarian dishes…would love to see more! Have you seen this link: http://www.turkeytorture.ca/#petition. It’s a real eye opener. It’s not for the faint of heart…but it’s important for people to meet their meat.

    1. Thank you so much, I shall have a look ! I will try to include more vegetarian dishes and glad you like them !

  8. I make a big batch on Sundays of a quinoa salad, sometimes with peppers, peas and onions with spices added, other times, sweeter with carrots, pineapple and onions. I like to have something to dip into without too much trouble. I will have to try your mixture, it sounds delicious!

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