Monday, 9 February 2009

Quinoa & purple

A wintry salad to stave off hunger and snow

quinoa and purple

  1. quinoa - about 1/2 - 1 cup
  2. 1 onion
  3. can of mixed beans - or unmixed if you only like one kinda bean. Not baked beans though. Bleurgh.
  4. 1/4 red cabbage, roughly chopped
  5. jar of piquant peppers (try saying that fast)>
  6. oil, lemon juice, chilli, seasoning

  • First, toast the quinoa - basically bung it in a dry saucepan over a highish heat stirring frequently so it doesn't burn until it's golden brown and starts to smell (nice). Then add twice the volume of water and simmer for 10 mins until it splits and goes soft.
  • While the quinoa is cooking, chop the onion and bung it in the microwave on high for about 5 mins to soften and sweeten it.
  • Roughly chop the cabbage and peppers; drain the beans.
  • Add all the ingredients together with the quinoa while it's still warm, add oil, lemon juice, chilli and seasoning to taste. Everything will marinade as it cools down ....

This goes well in a winter lunchbox, and as it's not too gloopy it won't leak out the edges of your Underwhelming Tupperware box ....

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