My five blender inspired Chow Tips are live. I had so much fun shooting them. Please check them out on the Chow website or on You Tube and let me know what you think. I really welcome your feedback and would love you to post a comment on the Chow website too! I shared my breakfast parfait (you can find the recipe for these breakfast bombs here); my favourite apple pie smoothie (see recipe here); quick easy tips for how to clean your blender; how to make whole lemons into lemonade (for alternate recipe check out my velvet ginger lemonade here); one of my all-time favourite recipes, my apple pie in a glass; and a one-pot vegan rice dish that can be made quickly by letting your rice cooker do all of the work!
It is this last Chow Tip that has inspired my post today. I realised as I was presenting this tip that I had not posted one of these quick easy grain dishes on the site. A glaring oversight on my part. So I rectify that now. I absolutely LOVE one-pot dishes that are super quick and easy and loaded with green vegetables. This gloriously green herbed quinoa fits the bill, and is one of my favourite recipes. In fact, when I have had a really busy day and need something comforting, filling and nutritious, this quinoa pilaf is one of my go-to staples that never lets me down.
You can make this dish with millet or rice and it is equally tasty, but if you are looking for vegan quinoa dishes this is it! Instead of cooking this dish in the rice cooker I have baked it in the oven, as I like to caramelise the onions and spices and slow cook the dish in order to get a better depth of flavour. But you can dissolve the spices in the vegetable broth and throw everything into the rice cooker to make this recipe. It yields a dish of a slightly different personality but is also tasty and filling.
I will often eat this quinoa dish on its own for lunch or dinner. But to get more bang for your buck, this serves as a wonderful side dish with other vegetables and salads. This is a fantastic quick easy gluten free option for a pot luck. It is always a crowd-pleaser. If you are not into nori, you can simple leave it out. I use any excuse to add sea vegetables to my diet, but the dish will taste the same without it.