Quinoa is one of the world’s healthiest foods, and often used as an alternative to rice. It’s a natural superfood that’s high in protein and calcium, although you do have to rinse off the bitter coating, before you cook it. Grown in the Andes area of South America, the issue is that its popularity means people are becoming exploited, in order to make profits. So always buy Fair Trade. You can even buy quinoa grown in the UK now, if you prefer.
Pesto Quinoa Bowl (Short Girl, Tall Order) uses cooked quinoa, roasted veggies and homemade pesto for a 40-minute weeknight dinner, with plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day.
Naturally gluten-free, quinoa is related to beets and spinach, and there are over 200 varieties. The mild taste is ideal in casseroles and savoury dishes, and also popular in porridge. You can also blend it up to make quinoa flour, for vegan baked goods.
Biofair is a brand of organic Fair Trade pantry staples, like pasta, rice and quinoa. This helps to support farmers in developing countries, and the planet too. Consumers get premium goods that are organically grown and ethically sourced.
Vegan Quinoa Recipes to Try
Black Bean Quinoa Burger (Short Girl, Tall Order) only needs 9 ingredients. They can be made in one bowl, and you don’t even need a food processor to make them. Ideal student food!
Veggie Quinoa Bowl with Tahini Cilantro Dressing (Short Girl, Tall Order) is rich in calcium, thanks to the tahini sesame sauce. If you’re not American, ‘cilantro’ is coriander!
Quinoa Vegetable Soup (Crowded Kitchen) is an ideal winter soup, packed with vegetables and high-protein quinoa. Serve alone or with bread.