Today I want to share my favorite new recipe developed by me specially for my current work place . Not only is it delicious it’s also super healthy, easy to make and low fat ! how could you do any better ?
You will need
- 1 medium sized pot
- 1.5 cups of quinoa
- 1 red pepper
- 1 green pepper
- 1 cup of sundried tomatoes
- 2 large handfuls of fresh spinach
- 1 red onion
- 2 heaped tablespoons of pesto
- 3 cups of water (for boiling quinoa)
If your experience with cooking quinoa is zero to none , first off don’t worry it’s simple , it’s a lot like cooking rice. If you’ve already done this like a gazillion times then disregard this first part and get down to real recipe .
To cook quinoa:
take 1 part quinoa (in this case 1.5cups) and 2 parts water (3 cups) combine in medium pot and simmer on a low heat I use 120celsius or 250fahrenheit (this may vary depending on how hot your stove runs) for about 20 minutes or until the water has cooked into the quinoa .
- cook your quinoa and put it to one side for now
- chop your peppers into medium sized pieces and your onion into small pieces (remember to remove the outer skin and woody core)
- sauté these in the olive oil on a low heat (I use 120celsius or 250fahrenheit) until they are slightly tender, this will only take a few minutes, while the peppers and onion are sautéing roughly chop the spinach and sundried tomatoes
- then add spinach and sundried tomatoes and sauté for a couple more minutes , (be careful not to over cook them , the vegetables should still have a slight crunch to them when your finished)
- while the vegetable mix is still warm add the pesto and mix thoroughly
- then add the chickpeas (remember to strain and rinse them) and quinoa and mix thoroughly .
- give it a taste you can always add a little more pesto or a dash of your favorite spice if you feel it needs it .
Voila ! you’ve just made a tasty healthy dish that can be used in a variety of ways , in the restaurant we serve in cold as a salad , it can also be served warm as a main or side dish or used as a healthy alternative stuffing .