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Quasi-Rainbow Quinoa
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Quasi-Rainbow Quinoa

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

I call this dish “quasi-rainbow” quinoa, because it is very colourful. The photo doesn't do it justice really! It has just about all the colours of the spectrum in it, apart from blue. (I guess I could have added some blueberries to it, if I had wanted to be really pedantic! They may work quite well in this,who knows?) I love quinoa, and am always trying to find new recipes for it, so I created this the other evening, with some of the summer vegetables which are currently in season. It was extremely tasty, as well as colourful. I had some leftover, so I had it cold as a salad the next day, and it was equally delicious.

Ingredients (Serves 2)

60-80 g quinoa

Half of a red onion, diced

6-7 cherry tomatoes

1 red pepper, chopped

1 yellow pepper, chopped

1 orange pepper, chopped

1 clove of garlic, minced or crushed

Handful of pine-nuts, toasted

2 tablespoons of olive oil

Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Handful of fresh chopped, parsley, oregano and/or basil


1) Rinse the quinoa thoroughly, then add to twice its volume of salted boiling water, and cook over a moderate heat until the white germ separates (around 10 minutes).Remove from the heat, cover, and leave to absorb the remaining water.

2) While the quinoa is cooking, toast the pine-nuts gently in a dry pan until golden-brown, then set aside.

3) Fry the onion over a moderate heat in olive oil until softened, then add garlic and cook for another 5 minutes or so.

4) Add the peppers, tomatoes and pine-nuts and cook until veg is tender (around 10 minutes).

5) Add the cooked quinoa and fry for 1-2 minutes, then add seasonings, and chopped herbs, fry for another couple of minutes.

6) Garnish with parsley or basil and serve immediately.


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  1. kristo
    voted! this sounds full of fun with the coloured peppers! I'm so glad there is no blue in this.
    1. Veganara
      Thanks Kristo. I love colorful food, and it's very good for your health to "eat the rainbow". I am not a professional artist like you but I do have a keen aesthetic sense, so I like food that is visually appealing as well as tasty!
  2. Blanca Verome
    Blanca Verome
    This sounds delicious! I don't usually cook with quinoa, but recipes like this definitely make me think I should try more often.
  3. Daniel Garcia
    Daniel Garcia
    Voted :) Wow, I am very impressed with this dish. I am reminded of a local meat dish that is quite popular, I think the idea could work with a vegetarian twist. :)


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