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Thursday 28 August 2014

Rozanne Steven's Curried Quinoa and Roasted Butternut Squash

Published 21/06/2013 | 20:30

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This dish is Ideal for summer barbecues and parties

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Ingredients:

2 red onions, peeled and sliced into wedges

1 butternut squash, peeled and diced

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp fennel seeds

1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

salt and freshly ground black pepper

350g (2 cups) quinoa

3 tsp medium curry powder

1 tsp garam masala

1 litre (4 cups) low-salt chicken or vegetable stock

1 x 400g tin of chickpeas, rinsed and drained

200g baby spinach leaves

juice of 1 lemon

 

Method:

• Coat the onions and butternut squash with the olive oil, fennel seeds and nutmeg and season with salt and pepper. Grill on a medium-hot BBQ for about 20 minutes, until charred and softened.

• Place the quinoa, curry powder, garam masala and stock in a pot and bring to the boil. Add in the rinsed chickpeas and reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes, until the quinoa is light and fluffy and all the stock has been absorbed. Season with black pepper.

• Stir in the spinach by the handful until it wilts down.

• Plate up the quinoa with the roasted butternut squash and red onions piled on top. Squeeze over fresh lemon juice to taste.

 

Ish Factor: Quinoa is the fruit of a plant native to Bolivia, but it looks and cooks like a grain. Gluten free and a perfect protein, quinoa is one of the healthiest Pantry Pals I stock. A great source of fibre, quinoa is very easy to cook and goes well with most cuisines. It has a lovely texture, a slight nutty taste and it absorbs flavours and sauces well. Use as a base for satisfying salads.

 

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