Saturday, 4 February 2012

Simple & Healthy Recipe: beetroot and feta quinoa

Hey all, as you know, I'm currently in Paris. However I have been super organised (if this indeed works) and set up my first (low-fat, vegetarian) recipe post EVER to publish whilst I'm away!

After so many holidays lately I've been making a conscious effort to watch what I eat...I have a fair few pounds to shed unfortunately! Being vegetarian I am also always keen to try new foods that provide vitamins and minerals that can be difficult to consume for us leaf-eaters. 
Quinoa is often called a 'supergrain' and is like a cross between brown rice and couscous texture-wise. For those of you who would like to know more about the benefits of quinoa, take a look here.

So here's the recipe - I made it up myself based on quinoa I have bought from a delicatessen in New Zealand.  
It's super quick and easy, and sounds fancy enought to impress your friends!

Dried quinoa
Stock cube (I used vegetable Oxo)
Feta cheese (I used low fat)
Olive Oil
Cracked black pepper
Balsamic vinegar to serve (optional)

1. Using the portion guide on the packet of quinoa, add the desired amound into a saucepan (I just guess usually!)
Cover with water, crumble in a stock cube and bring to the boil.
I bought this quinoa from Asda
2. Whilst the quinoa is boiling, chop up the peppers, tomatoes, cucumber and beetroot. Quantitiy-wise, use whichever you prefer. I like a chunky salad so use approx half a red pepper, half a yellow pepper, one large tomato and one beetroot.

Let's have a wee peek at my new pink Kuhn Rikon chopping knife! I had it for Christmas from the bf and it is so sharp and wonderously choppy! ;)
3. When the germ is separated from the grain, as seen in the first pic, the quinoa is cooked.
Drain the quinoa, tip into a large mixing bowl and add a splash of olive oil.

4. Stir in the salad vegetables and crumble in a portion of feta. Season with cracked black pepper.
5. Once everything is mixed together, serve in a dish, or pack in a container for a healthy lunch. I like a splash of balsamic vinegar with mine, but that's just because I am slightly obsessed with balsamic vinegar ;)


Have you ever tried quinoa before?


  1. Wow! I'd like to give it a try. I'm switching my diet to more of the greens so this would be perfect :) Have fun in Paris!

  2. YUM! I LOVE quinoa! Need to try this one...

  3. I love quinoa! It's so delicious and so healthy!
    Can't wait to see more pics from Paris!

    x Aprilia

  4. Looks Yummy!!! I will have to try it especially for my son, Dakota. He recently embraced a pescetarian lifestyle (he only eats fish and vegetables) so I have been looking for some new recipes for him to try out.

  5. That looks delicous but maybe a little above my level of cooking expertise, hopefully I can get one of my more culinary friends to make it for me! :)

    xo Gillie

  6. this looks amazing!!! thanks for sharing!

  7. Yum, that sounds delicious! I love both cous cous and brown rice so I think it's about time I tried quinoa!

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