Steamed Vegetable Quinoa

Healthy January is here. I’m loving seeing so many fresh vegetables when I’m shopping. This is a really tasty combination of vegetables and quinoa with a simple lemon twist. Perfect lunch. 

Start by cooking quinoa. Ensure there is plenty of water in the pan, bring to the boil, add the quinoa and simmer for 10 – 15 minutes. Quinoa is a great staple for me as a coeliac vegan. Quinoa contains high volumes of protein is a complete protein containing many more amino structures and amino acids. It’s also one of few grains free from gluten. 

Whilst the quinoa is cooking it’s a great time to prep and steam the veg. Chop courgette into slices and then halves, chop broccoli into florets and prepare broad beans. I’ve bought prepared and podded broad beans so all I need to do is steam. Steam the vegetables. I like them all denote with a little crunch and I’m sure you will too. 

When the quinoa is cooked and the vegetables are steamed stir through so they are evenly mixed. Add a small drizzle of olive oil, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and some black pepper. 

This dish is lovely warm but also makes a delicious lunch cold as a packed lunch. I hope you love it as much as I do and the bright, fresh flavour helps you chase away the January blues! 

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Rocket and Lemon Risotto

I’m so ready for some healthy January eating. I’m kick starting that with a warm and hearty risotto. Perfect for coeliac, vegans and in fact anyone who enjoys a nice meal. 

Start with a little oil in a large pan. I’m using a few squirts of olive Fry Light as a lower calorie and fat option. 

Add half a chopped onion and a couple of chopped garlic cloves to the pan and fry. Once the onion has softened add arborio risotto rice to the pan and splash over with white wine. Keep the heat high so the wine bubbles off quickly and then cover the rice with hot stock. I use Kallo low salt vegetable stock as it is one of the few gluten free stock cubes. 

Continue cooking and top up the stock as the rice cooks and expands. After cooking for approximately 20 minutes add rocket, peas and squeeze some lemon juice and basil into the risotto and stir fry. 

Cook for a further 10 minutes stirring continuously to ensure even cooking. 

This is a delicious gluten free, veggie meal and I hope you really enjoy it. 

Scrambled Tofu Stir Fry

Silken tofu is an ideal vegan substitute for egg and partners perfectly with stir fry dishes. 

Start by warming a little oil in a large pan or wok. I’m using sesame oil. Once the pan and oil is hot add the tofu first. I start by chopping the silken tofu into squares and adding to the pan. 

As you stir the tofu it will take on a scrambled consistency and will break into smaller pieces. After 10 minutes cooking the tofu add your stir fry veg. I’m using a lot of mixed vegetables but for this dish I’m adding quite a lot of asparagus as it adds crunch and texture. 

Continue to cook with the added vegetables for a further 10 minutes. Add tamarind sauce for the last few minutes. As I’m coeliac I use Clearspring Tamari as unlike other soya sauces it doesn’t contain any wheat or gluten. 

Once cooked serve and enjoy. I’ve added a little sweet chilli sauce too. 

Sweet potato chilli

I’m enjoying back weekend away for new year and although it’s not a familiar kitchen it’s lovely to spend some time cooking healthy, happy food. 

After a day walking a hearty and warming chilli is fab. Start by peeling a large sweet potato. Then chop into slices and quarter leaving you with large chunks of sweet potato. Start by warming some olive oil in a large pan and then saute the sweet potato. Add chopped garlic and red chilli. 

After approximately 10 – 15 minutes. Add kidney beans, borlotti beans and canned chopped tomatoes. Stir through thoroughly, switch the heat down and simmer for a further 20 – 30 minutes. 

Whilst the chilli cooks it’s time to get the rice on. I’m cooking with long grain and wild rice as I love adding extra textures and different amino structures. Wild rice isn’t a rice at all, it’s a grass and surprisingly high in protein. 

The chilli and rice should finish cooking at about the same time so drain off, dish up and enjoy tucking into a well earned, post walk meal. Vegan and gluten free just being one added bonus! 

Parsnip and Coconut Curry

The festive period is an excellent time to tuck into a winter veg favourite. Rather than roasting, mashing or souping this recipe uses the warmth and versatility of the parsnip to set off some excellent flavours. 

Start by warming a little coconut oil in a large pan. I use a Le Creuset casserole dish as it gives me the consistent heat and even cook I’m looking for. 

Add chopped red chilli, chopped garlic, minced ginger and a little chopped coriander the coconut oil and start to stir through. Then add parsnips diced to approx 1cm cubes. 

Saute off the parnsip a little to give it a softer texture then add drained, cooked chickpeas and sliced spring onions. 

Stir so the vegetables saute evenly in the coconut oil and spices. Then add fresh plum tomatoes, tomato puree and coconut milk. Turn the heat down to a medium setting and simmer for approximately 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

When cooked this dish is ideal served with rice to keep it gluten free!

Roasted vegetable quinoa

Lunch on the go can be harder with allergies, intolerance and other dietary requirements. I often find it hardest when I’m out and about or needing to plan lunch in advance. This menu is one of my favourite, easily made, easily packed up lunch for on the go. 

Roasted vegetables are a great staple for vegetarians and vegans alike. I often roast a big tray of chopped Mediterranean vegetables and use them for lunches and evening meals. 

Mixed with cooked quinoa this is a perfect coeliac, vegan lunch. Full of vegetables and free from anything artificial.