Oh yum. This is such a nice quinoa recipe, a little more exciting than just having it plain as a side dish. And its definitely a change up from the usual breakfast/brunch. Having this for brunch definitely screams of “I’ve got a hangover”. We actually had the roasted root vegetables and quinoa as a side dish for dinner with friends the night before, so it was easy to fry up the leftovers the next morning and add a poached egg on top.
Quinoa has been one of the big food buzz words of recent years. But dare I say, sometimes it can be a little… boring? That is until I discovered cooking it twice! The quinoa gets crusty and chewy when fried, so this adds a delicious and more-ish texture into the mix. I found that out when first trying these delicious Cheesy Chicken and Quinoa Burgers. I’m so glad I almost burned them, I mean, left them to caramelise on one side! That was a great ‘mistake’ as it introduced me to the wonderful crunchy world of fried quinoa.
I also love finding good quinoa recipes because it makes me happy to sneakily cook healthy foods for my family. Its a big bonus when I can find meat free dishes that still satisfy meat eaters. Not only for health reasons, but for doing my small part for the planet, too. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about using meat more as a garnish than a main feature, so it can ease my conscience yet also still provide a meat fix. I think the key to it is to go strong with the flavors and textures. Check out this Butternut and Roasted Garlic Soup with Bacon and Blue Cheese, and these two stews, Mulligatawny and Moroccan Chicken Stew, which are both made using broth from a roast chicken carcass.