Vegan Green Quinoa Pilaf with Spinach and Nori24
Piggies! My five blender inspired vegan Chow Tips are live. Honestly, as the writer of a humble vegetarian food blog, this was a dream come true! 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 quick easy vegan breakfast parfait (you can find the recipe for these breakfast bombs here); my favourite vegan 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 vegan 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 vegetarian 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 gluten free vegetarian 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. For those of you following the Body Ecology Diet and looking for delicious Body Ecology recipes this one is a winner! 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. YUMMO!
I will often eat this vegan quinoa dish on its own for lunch or dinner. But to get more bang for your buck, this serves as a wonderful vegan 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.
If you would like to read more about my trip to NYC please check out the post on my newest events blog where I will be posting about my many travels and activities. I will now only write about the food on my vegetarian recipe blog with links to the events posts, where I will write in more detail about related topics. After all piggies, I acknowledge you are here to wet your snouts with the vegetarian recipes! But for a brief overview here is the quick scoop:
I had another obscene week of indulgence in NYC. I gorged myself silly in a glorious acidic orgy at my friend's wedding; saw The Normal Heart and The Mother F**ker WIth The Hat on Broadway; hung out with colleagues and famous authors like Harlan Coben and Brad Meltzer at BEA; listened to brilliant narrators like Katy Kellgren, Simon Vance, Scott Brick and Barbara Rosenblat read at APAC; basked in the glory of the Audie Awards; and partied with Joe Hurley, Audie winners and nominees, my cousins and lots of talented friends at the after party at The Hudson.
I will share my funniest story from the trip for those of you who won't ever read my events blog. I was staying at The Tribeca Grand just south of Soho. Jim Carrey was staying in my hotel, and as I was leaving they were hosting a party for a film starring many notable actors including Ewan McGregor. So needless to say, there was an impressive crowd of Paparazzi waiting to snap pictures of their favourite stars. As I excited the hotel in my long flowing sequined gown, I was blinded by their flashing bulbs, until they saw me hailing a dented cab and realized I was no-one of note! I guffawed, exclaiming that I would be getting a lot of mileage out of this story for years to come!
So there you have it. My first brush with the paparazzi. HA! I am still laughing as I write this. It was absolutely HILARIOUS! Until next time piggies, enjoy this vegan quinoa risotto. a fantastic healthy dinner option for anyone, but especially those of you looking for allergy free recipes or body ecology recipes. This dish is vegan, gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, soy free and sugar free. But definitely not taste free! Oink Oink!
Vegan Green Quinoa Pilaf with Spinach and Nori
- 4 Tbsp cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cups quinoa
- 4 cups vegetable broth/stock
- 2 cups (about 2 medium) brown onions chopped finely
- 1 cup chopped green onions
- 1/8 cup finely minced fresh garlic
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 4 cups baby spinach leaves chopped finely
- 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh chives
- 1 cup chopped fresh continental parsley
- 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro / coriander
- 2 large sheets of nori chopped up
- Preheat your oven to 180 / 350 / moderate
- Heat the olive oil in large saucepan and gently cook the garlic and brown onions with a pinch of Celtic sea salt until soft and translucent.
- Add in the quinoa until it is well coated with the onion mixture.
- Stir in the turmeric and nutmeg and vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to a mild simmer and add in the spinach, herbs and green onions.
- Transfer the mixture to a large baking dish and cover with a lid or foil.
- Bake in the oven for about 20-30 minutes until the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is light and fluffy.
- Fluff with a fork and gently fold through the nori sheets and top with nor to serve
- Serves 8
Piggy Cooking Tips
a quick easy way to clean this “cling-on” pieces out of your garlic press
If you are using a garlic press to mince your garlic you will know how hard they can to clean sometimes. There are always a few little stubborn bits that refuse to let go of the garlic party. Next time you are replacing your toothbrush (I replace mine about once a month) recycle it and then wash it. Keep it under the sink to scrub out your garlic press under running water to help remove those little cling on pieces.