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My Favourite Herby Quinoa Recipe
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My Favourite Herby Quinoa Recipe

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 30 mins

I only discovered this wondrous grain last year (although it is actually a seed) and one of the things I love about it is that it is ready to eat with minimal cooking. It's a godsend for us vegans, you will probably all agree. Not only is it delicious, filling and versatile, but it is packed with protein (a complete protein, all 8 amino acids) and a lot of other nutrients. The main ingredients of this, besides the quinoa itself, are cashews, spring onions and herbs, which all work together really well. This is one of my favourite dishes, as it tastes delectable either hot or cold: you can cook it for dinner, and then save some and eat it cold the next day as a salad, as I often do. The salad version is nice served with some lemon wedges and a  drizzle of olive oil.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

1½ cups quinoa

1 cup cashew nuts *

2 courgettes/zucchini

Bunch of scallions/spring onions

Small bunch of fresh thyme

Small bunch of fresh parsley

1-2 tbsp olive oil

Sea salt

White and black pepper


1) Allow between 60-80g quinoa( dry weight) per person. Rinse thoroughly and add to twice its volume of boiling salted water. Cook over a moderate heat until the white germ separates (around 10 minutes). Remove from heat, cover and leave to absorb the remaining water.

2) Whilst the quinoa is cooking, wash the onions and chop them into small pieces.

3) Scrub the courgettes, remove the ends and chop into small chunks.

4) Toast the nuts for a few minutes in a dry pan (do this over a low heat, and keep an eye on them, as they burn easily!)

5) Fry the courgettes and onions in the olive oil, stirring continuously.

6) When the vegetables are well-cooked, add the quinoa, nuts and a teaspoon or two of finely-chopped thyme.

7) Add salt and pepper and mix until quinoa has absorbed all the moisture.

8) Garnish with fresh parsley and serve hot or cold. Enjoy!

* Variation: you could also use almonds or pine-nuts, for example, in place of cashews, which I think would work equally well.

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  1. No Name
    Very nice. Glad to read this one. Well it appears my account for posting here on this site is blocked completely. They allowed me to post last night only to flag it and remove it today after a few people left some comments on it. No answer back to them after 10+ emails. They can block me from posting but still allow me to come here and vote and comment. I have no idea what is going on with this site anymore. I will try to post on one of their other sites and see if they will block me completely. I did write an aritcle for a very good dear friends son who daughter was in an accident and is now confined to a wheelchair at the age of 10. This is so very sad. I did post this on their stie Rolling without limits. I received a lot of very nice comments and was happy to see how many people shared this one for me. I hope that you will not have the problems on this site as I do not . I miss posting here and can not understand why they will do this one. I wish I had the owners of this site email address. I would write to him and ask him for his help. Thank you so much voted for you on this. Good luck.
    1. Veganara
      Sorry to hear that Naya. I don't know what is happening either, but I know a lot of people have been experiencing problems with the Goodblogs sites, not just you. Try emailing Peter, if you haven't already: I have usually found him to be very helpful.
      1. No Name
        Thank you so much I will try this one I am so upset now on this all my accounts are flagged. I receive another email telling me to stop blogging on all their sites. They will delete my accounts if I do blog there. I will try and find out what happened thank you once again
        1. No Name
          Thank you again for the information. I sent Peter an email today and will wait to hear back from him. I miss posting here on this site and hope it will work out. But for now will come here and read and comment that is all I can do.
          1. Veganara
            I hope you hear back soon Naya (SnakeWitch left because they blocked her too and wouldn't answer her emails). So sorry to hear you have been banned from posting - that sounds so unfair. They are beoming very strict with everyone lately - I too had an email the other day telling me not to ask people to look at my blogs or vote for my blogs, in case it makes people feel "pressurised"!!! Pah! I am sure it doesn't - we are not trying to coerce or harass anyone, people will only look at our blogs if they want to, and if they don't, it's fine. Very silly rule, isn't it? Oh well! There is still Bubblews though - I see you are on there now, so if I were you I would concentrate on that. You only seem to have posted one recipe on there so far, so I look forward to seeing some more!
            1. No Name
              I think that rule is not good. I do not see why you can not ask a person to read your blog. You took the time to read their blog and leave a comment it should only be fair that they read yours. So far Jason and Peter will not answer me at all and the only email I received was from Cerrisa telling me to stop blogging on any of their sites that my account would be flagged and removed immediately. She said I had an account under name of Krystal. I have no idea who this person is and I never made an account under this name ever. I blog under name of Naya and she said I blog under names of Naya/Anne/Krystal. This is not correct at all. So the only conclusion I have come to is that a person has made different account for me that I have no idea who they are or where they are. I do believe this is what has happened on their old site and it was closed down. Shame that the problems are following them to new sites that they try and create. I was told that I had very bad English grammar and I could not write well enough for their sites. I was a little shocked to read this one. I guess anything to push a person out of their sites. They do not want to tell you why so they invent a reason that is not correct. This is a shame and I have no idea about all of this. I wish you luck and maybe one day I will receive an email back from Jason or Peter. Right now I do not belive they will ever answer me back.
              1. pftsusan
                When we are building a family of writers by sharing our blogs and social networking together, then why is that unfair to invite them to read our blogs and vote if they like? That's support. When they don't feel like voting, they don't.
                1. Veganara
                  Exactly Susan. It would be different if people were making comments like: "I have voted for you, so I now expect you to vote for mine, and if you don't I will not vote for you again." That is pressure and coercion and the type of comment likely to cause bad feeling here! But no one makes comments like that, to my knowledge. As you say, if people will only look at your blogs if they have time and want to, and if they don't., that's fine. This type of website works through reciprocal arrangements, bloggers voting for each other, after all.
              2. Shabs Online
                Shabs Online
                Naya, can we connect on FB? my FB id is Shabla Mathur.
                1. No Name
                  I will try and find you on FB and ask to be your friend. Thank you so much.
  2. pftsusan
    Love Quinoa. Probably going to make it this week. Voted.
  3. lorraine
    Voted :) I also had this for my tea last night, I made about 1/2 the recipe as it was just for myself and I planned to have the rest for my lunch today but it was so nice I ate the whole lot! Very tasty, thanks for the recipe.
    1. Veganara
      Thanks Lorraine. That's what happened to me too recently, I made enough for two, intending to eat half and save the remaining portion till next day, but it was so nice I ended up eating the lot!! Glad you like this recipe.
  4. Kelita kellman
    Its hard to find a good quinoa recipe... it looks delicious!
  5. Julie Sinclair
    Julie Sinclair
    This looks very good. I will try this soon. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment for me. I am very sorry I was not available sooner to answer you back. I am happy you invited me to read your post and it is very nice. I have voted for your work and hope you will visit my blog again when I have a chance to write again. .
  6. Granny Smith
    Granny Smith
    This looks outstanding and a must try. Thank you so much for sharing. I hope to get around to trying this one soon.
  7. Scott Desmond
    Quinoa is so delicious and sogood for you. Your recipe sound superb I think I will need to make this soon. Voted
  8. Julie Davis
    I love quinoa this recipe is very delicious voted
  9. Rebecca Lopez
    A must try looks delicious and can nto wait to see what everyone is talking about. From the sounds of this should make a triple batch or again I might be sorry and eat it all at once. Thanks you so much
  10. Jose Rodriguez
    Looks mouth watering
  11. Zoe Watson
    I love quinoa and this sounds delicious. Will try this tomorrow for dinner.


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