Superfood Salad

We went out for dinner last night to a lovely vegetarian restaurant in Brighton called Food for Friends. We both had their salad for a starter and I decided to try to replicate it as best I could for my lunches at the start of the week and for dinner tonight. It is. a great…

Ways with Quinoa

Quinoa is often refered to as a ‘superfood’ and it isn’t hard to see why. 1 cup of cooked quinoa will give you 8 grams of protein and a host of minerals and other micro-nutrients. See here for a breakdown of its nutritional profile. It is also delcious and could be grown much more widely…

Quinoa, beetroot and walnut salad

This is a really simple side dish that I love with salad, falafel and hummus but would also be great in the winter with some buckwheat, red cabbage and tempeh. Serves 2-4 1 cup quinoa 1 large grated beetroot 1 large handful of chopped walnuts 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar Heat the quinoa in a small…

Bean and lentil chilli

There are still patches of snow on the South Downs and farmers are air lifting food to sheep further north; the wind is biting and it doesn’t look like spring is in any rush to come and save us. What could be nicer then than a big bowl of nutritious chilli that can be warming you…

Herby leek and quinoa roll

Christmas dinner was a case of making it up as we went along this year but I was pleased with the way it turned out. Leeks, mushrooms, quinoa, cranberries and herbs inside puff pastry. What’s not to like? I served it with roasted potato, parsnip, sweet potato, beetroot and carrot, boiled cabbage and broccoli and…

Mediterranean Quinoa Bake

Last week I stumbled on a lovely recipe for a quinoa bake on Mindful Consumption blog. It looked really good but of course I just had to play with it to make it my own. I think the idea is genius. You take blitzed chickpeas and oats and mix it with cooked quinoa. This gives…