Okay, I have loaded up quinoa with loads of veggies and I am not apologizing. So, to veggie lovers out there, today is your day. I have for you, a mound of deliciousness all in one bowl !!! This is awesome, and,yes, this is pretty much a one pot meal sort of. It is easy and a matter of, throw together, bake and devour. I need these kinds of meals in my life now and then. I mean there is nothing better than this. Since I have been making this quinoa meal, it kind of changes each time, with what I would put into it. Then I decided to perhaps put some order into it, especially if I wanted to share it with all you guys, because it was always soooooo divine, and healthy and tasty and all those good things….so order it now has, and I actually have now stuck to this recipe on several occasions. Don’t get me wrong, if you try it and want to spruce it up a bit, go for it, add whatever, I am sure it will be great.
Easy Baked Vegetable Quinoa with Cheesy Topping
Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 – 30 minutes
Total time: 30 – 40 minutes
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
a little oil to saute’ vegetables
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped rainbow peppers (I used a mixture of red, green and yellow peppers)
2 cups corn on the cob
2 cups chopped marrow (zucchini, courgette)
2 cups chopped tomatoes
2 cups roughly chopped baby spinach
Topping: Grated matured cheese/feta or any cheese of your choice (I used matured and feta)
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celscius/350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Prepare the quinoa with veggie stock, and cook for 8-10 minutes only. Whilst the quinoa is cooking, saute the onions and peppers in a pan. After a minute or two add the marrows and corn. Cook for a few minutes. Do not over cook! By this time the quinoa would have soaked up the stock. Set aside.
Once vegetables are done add them to the cooked quinoa.
Add the chopped tomatoes, and roughly chopped baby spinach. Stir around well so all the veggies are mixed through.
Place in an oven proof dish approximately 9 x 13 inches. Top with cheese of your choice. I used a combination of feta and matured cheddar (because I could not decide which one to use). I made slight indentations into the quinoa and vegetables so that some of the cheese could filter through and mix in with the veggies. Top with extra cheese.
Allow to bake for about 20/30 minutes until the cheese is nicely golden and grilled.