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Quinoa with Roasted Ratatouille Vegetables Recipe from Blazing Salads

Quinoa With Roasted Ratatouille

This quinoa with roasted ratatouille recipe is a great summer salad full of seasonal vegetables. Vegetables and fresh basil really add to the flavour and the quinoa is packed with protein.

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:

– 1 red onion cut 1 ½ cm, diced
– 1 aubergine cut into 1 ½ cm, diced
– 1 courgette cut into 1 ½ cm, diced
– 1 red pepper cut into 1 ½ cm, diced
– 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
– Extra virgin olive oil or rapeseed oil
– Dried basil
– Sea salt
– 1 400g tinned chopped tomatoes
– 2 tbsp fresh parsley
– 2 tbsp fresh basil
– 25g toasted pine nuts

For cooking the quinoa

– Unrefined sunflower oil
– ¼ onion, diced (optional)
– 250g quinoa
– Sea salt

Method:

1. In a heavy bottomed pot, heat 2 tsp sunflower oil, if using the onion sauté until soft.
2. Wash the quinoa well and drain off the water.
3. Add to the pot with the onion along with a pinch of salt and 250 ml of water.
4. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and cover tightly. Simmer for 15 mins. Leave to stand for a further 15 mins.
5. When the time is up, remove the lid and fluff up the quinoa.
6. Place in a large bowl and set aside to cool
7. Place the red onion, aubergine, courgette, red pepper in a ovenproof dish or lasagna tray.
8. Add the garlic,2 tps oil and pinch dried basil and sea salt. Toss well to coat all the vegetables.
9. Place in a preheated oven for 10 minutes then remove and add the tinned tomatoes and return to the oven for a further 15 mins until the vegetables are soft.
10. Season the quinoa with sea salt. Add 1 tbsp of oil, chopped fine parsley and chopped fine basil.
11. When the roasted vegetables have cooled stir into the quinoa. Season and serve with scattered toasted pine nuts.

Tips
– Served with crumbled feta cheese.
– This salad works very well with cous cous or bulgar grains instead of the quinoa.

Quinoa With Roasted Ratatouille

RECIPE FROM BLAZING SALADS

Lorraine and Pamela of Blazing SaladsBlazing Salads Food Co. on Drury Street, Dublin 2 was opened in 2000 by Lorraine and Pamela Fitzmaurice and their brother Joe to bring quality take out vegetarian/vegan wholefood to the city centre. The origins of their knowledge of wholefoods comes from an upbringing of macrobiotics.

Blazing Salads 42 Drury Street, Dublin 2, Ireland. www.blazingsalads.com

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