Rustic Veggie & Quinoa Mash

Rustic Veggie & Quinoa Mash

Rustic Veggie & Quinoa Mash

Rustic Veggie & Quinoa Mash

Who doesn\\\'t love a good, hearty mash? I grew up in a meat and mash loving home and my dad has always loved doing up a good, rustic veggie mash of mixed root veggies. He\\\'d throw in whatever root veggies he could get his hands on, potatoes, carrots, sweet potato, rutabaga, loads of garlic and onion and the skins were almost always left on the potats which only added to the rustic texture. My partner has taken on the role of veggie mash master, but has kindly let me throw in my little twist - quinoa. This recipe takes that classic veggie mash and adds an extra healthy kick. When the mash is just about ready, add in some cooked quinoa. It works really well with the flavours and only further enhances the rustic textures.

Quinoa Breakfast Cereal

Quinoa Breakfast Cereal

Quinoa Breakfast Cereal

Quinoa Breakfast Cereal

So i had heard that quinoa makes a great breakfast. Well, if when they say \"great\" they mean healthy, then yes I agree. It certainly was healthy. Great as in delicious? I didn\\\'t think so. I\\\'m a big fan of quinoa so far, but on the breakfast side of things I think it fails. I absolutely love oatmeal and figured this might be a nice alternative. I can\\\'t say I loved it, but i would be willing to try again or perhaps just mix it right into oatmeal. I think the problem was really just the texture and heaviness to it. I\\\'ve put the ingredients and directions here so you can give it a try and let me know how it can be improved.

Sauteed Mushroom & Quinoa Side Dish

Sauteed Mushroom & Quinoa Side Dish

Sauteed Mushroom & Quinoa Side Dish

Sauteed Mushroom & Quinoa Side Dish

I am a huge mushroom fan so in this dish, I decided to let them shine on through! I had never tried the red/black quinoa, but the colours were beautiful so i did a half and half mix of the yellow and red. I love colours in food and sometimes match flavours by matching up the natural colours. I wanted a rich, savoury side for some lightly flavoured chicken and brussel sprouts so I put together this colourful, savoury side. This one was a BIG hit and made for a great savoury quinoa side dish!

Basic Quinoa

Basic Quinoa

Basic Quinoa

Basic Quinoa

This is the basic quinoa recipe. It’s pretty similar to some basic rice. I use this in a lot of my recipes.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2-4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water

Cooking Directions

Quinoa & Vegatable Pasta

Quinoa and Vegetable Pasta

Quinoa and Vegetable Pasta

Quinoa & Vegatable Pasta

We eat a lot of pasta at my house ranging from beef to sausage to plain old veggie. I had some leftover quinoa from a quinoa breakfast attempt this morning and had it calling my name from the fridge, so i put together this basic veggie sauce. I figured I might as well use up the quinoa andhad a hunch that it might work ok in pasta sauce so i threw it right in. Somewhat surprisingly, it added a really neat texture and thickness to the sauce. Quinoa might just be my new favourite addition.

Curried Quinoa and Vegetable Stir Fry

Curried Quinoa Stir Fry

Curried Quinoa Stir Fry

Curried Quinoa and Vegetable Stir Fry