Hey everyone and welcome back to Recipe A Day May! Today’s recipe is one I’ve been wanting to make since week one. It’s a quick veggie quinoa. This is a second attempt. The first time, everything went wrong. I couldn’t find courgettes anywhere, the aubergine went bad after about 12 hours and after a complete U turn of my ingredients list, I just wasn’t feeling it.
Originally, I was planning on making this as a one pot dish, making a vegetable casserole with the quinoa slow cooked in it. But, after making my chilli and tamari aubergine earlier this month, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to make it that way again. And I was a little short on time today, so I made this a 30-minute, two pot dish instead.
This recipe is dairy free, gluten free, vegan, soy free and nut free.
Prep time: 5-10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
- 1 medium aubergine, chopped
- 4tbsp tamari
- 1 tsp chilli powder
- Fry spray/ 1 tbsp olive oil
- A small red onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 orange or yellow pepper, chopped into large chunks
- 2 medium courgettes, roughly chopped
- 1 tin chopped tomatoes
- 100g quinoa
- 300ml vegetable stock (approx)
- ½ tsp cumin
- 1 tsp paprika
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Earlier in the day, prep the aubergine following the instructions here.
- Heat the fry spray/ oil in a large saucepan on medium heat and add the onion.
- Cook for 5 minutes then add the garlic and courgettes and cook for a further 5-7 minutes.
- Stir in the paprika and cumin, add tomatoes and pepper. If the tomatoes do not fully cover the vegetables at this point, add a small amount of water to the pan, just enough that the vegetables on top are covered rather than fully submerged.
- Reduce the heat and leave to simmer for 15-20 minutes until vegetables are fully cooked and sauce has thickened.
- In another small saucepan, cook the quinoa as per packet instructions, using the vegetable stock rather than water with the salt and pepper.
- Once quinoa and aubergine are cooked, stir both into the larger saucepan before serving.
Serve and enjoy!
Are you a fan of healthier quick dishes when you’re short on time or do you prefer to grab and go?