My simple vegetable and quinoa stew
My simple vegetable and quinoa stew has been my favourite thing to have on my yoga training days.
It is warm and it fills me up loads.
I use what ever veggies I have tbh but the last few times I have done it like this:
1 red or yellow pepper or 1/2 of both colours roughly chopped
1 small onion finely chopped
1 stalk of celery finely chopped
1 finely chopped glove of garlic (this is optional)
12 cherry tomatoes any colour
1/2 small courgette chopped in 1cm squares
1/4 of a small butternut squash chopped in 1cm squares
1 large handful of spinach (optional)
1 tbsp of good quality of olive or avocado oil.
1 pint of vegetable stock
20g of red lentils
70g of quinoa
Salt and pepper
Gently fry the onion, garlic and celery until soft with a pinch of salt and pepper, then add the butternut squash, pepper and tomatoes.
When they start to soften add the stock, bring it to the boil (If you like the stew more tomato based you can add a tin of chopped tomatoes to the pan instead a 1/3 of the stock.)
Add the quinoa at this stage and then leave it to simmer on a low heat.
Go back to it once in a while to check it isn’t cooking dry. After about 15-20 min on a low heat add your lentils. You might need to add a little water or stock if it cooks dry before adding the lentils.
Leave to cook for about 10-15 minutes.
taste it to see if everything is cooked.
add your spinach when everything is cooked and stir until soft.
Add more salt and pepper or even stock if you feel it needs it.
Then your stew is ready to be served up :)
Protein note: if you want to increase the protein you get with this stew you can add some beans or chickpeas or even have some meatball or boiled eggs on the side
Ps. On days where I’m in a hurry I really don’t bother about timings I just add everything in and pour the vegetables stock over, it does change the texture a bit but it is still delicious the trick is to chose a good quality stock 😍 I use knorr stock cubes that I buy in France and they are amazing I’ll share a picture of them in my stories when I get home