Tuesday, July 3, 2012

"Weird" Quinoa Meal

Do you eat similar to the way you were brought up or very different?

I'm sure my parents have never even heard of "Quinoa" or "Kale" or "Nutritional Yeast".
If I told them I had this meal for dinner recently they would definitely say it was "weird".
And they definitely wouldn't believe me if I told them that there was such thing as purple carrots!
Sometimes its fun to get experimental in the kitchen and try new flavours.
My recent taste experiment has been purple carrots.
So of course I had to include them in my "weird" meal!!!

I hope you enjoy this.
I found the combination of these un-common tastes rather exotically delicious!!!!

I used pre-cooked quinoa. I find having pre-cooked grains on hand in the fridge very handy. I will often make a large batch & use it several times through-out the week. 

1 cup pre-cooked quinoa (warmed up)
3 button mushrooms
1 purple carrot
2 large kale leaves
1 small brown onion

Chop the mushrooms, carrot and onion into bite size pieces. Water saute these vegetables in a frying pan until they are soft & lightly browned.
Stem the kale and roughly chop the leaves. Microwave with water in a bowl on high for 3 minutes, then drain & add to the other vegetables. Stir to combine.

To make the sauce:
1 Tablespoon almond butter
1/2 cup soymilk
2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon dried sage

Stir all these ingredients together until well combined. Warm in the microwave for 30 seconds, or over a stove (if you want to make extra washing up!).

Serve the quinoa in a bowl & top with the vegetables. Spoon the sauce over the top.

Serves one.


  1. I have just bought a recipe book on quinoa as I was told it was very healthy. I can't wait to try some of the recipes. it is like rice?

    I was only asking Clara yesterday about Kale as I have planted some in my garden but have never eaten it before. I am told it is very tasty and very healthy, so looking forward to it growing enough to eat some.

    1. I have found Kale really hard to buy in Sydney - have recently planted some myself. I really love the taste of it and its very versatile to cook with. I hope you enjoy it!

      And as for quinoa - it is actually a seed not a grain, although most people consume it as we would a grain. It doesn't have a strong taste - you can toast it first in the oven to bring out a more 'nutty' taste, otherwise its quite bland but I love that because it makes it very easy to make whatever meal you like. My favourite way to have it is actually as a porridge in the mornings with fruit!
      Enjoy your experimenting & let me know how it goes :-)

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    1. Thanks! :-) It really is!!!! :-)