© 2012 Saya StyleThis is one of my all time favourite and reliable recipes... perfect as a side dish or if you're like me and easily satisfied with vegetarian food.. perfect on it's own for a light lunch.
It's good to know that this humble food with a rice like consistency, is packed full of nutrients and is uniquely high in protein along with having a low GI. Most people think it's a grain but it's actually a seed!
Saya's Delish Vegetable Quinoa - serves 6
1 cup quinoa (rinsed)
2 1/4 cups water
1 large onion
2-3 garlic cloves crushed
1 heaped tablespoon dried basil (or thyme or rosemary). Mixing in some fresh herbs is good too.
1 punnet cherry tomatoes cut in halves
1 red capsicum diced
4 heaped teaspoons Massel vegetable stock powder (if you prefer light flavours reduce to 2 or 3 teaspoons)
Add quinoa and water into a large pot and bring to the boil.
Then stir in all other ingredients and reduce temperature of stove to bring down to a gentle simmer. Keep the lid of the pot off and stir occassionally whilst cooking. Cook gently from anywhere between 20 - 30 minutes. Basically until all the liquid has been obsorbed (little spots or holes appearing on the surface of the quinoa is a good indication of this).
Then remove from the stove and put the lid onto the pot. Let it sit for 2 minutes then fluff quinoa up with a fork and you're ready to dig in!