Roasted Butternut and Beetroot Nutty Spaghetti

Happy Thursday guys…..It’s been a weird week, dealing with the frustrations of an over the top slow computer that keeps losing connection….Urrggggggg !!!!! I don’t know where to start with this one….apart from this is not the prettiest meal out there.  I thought it would be, but it’s not, somehow those colours just intermingled and got messy….but it is tasty and it is healthy !!!

Anyway, comfort food was needed, and I needed some crunch and colour and carbs !!! I know, can you believe it?  I think my hubby nearly had a mild heart attack when he saw I was eating pasta.  So, originally my thoughts were spiralized butternut and beetroot.  I wanted the whole spaghetti vibe going on…… Anyway, so lazy me was too lazy to take out the spiralizer so opted for the grater instead, so we have grated butternut and grated beetroot !  I wasn’t too sure how this concoction would work, but it did.  I actually surprised myself, and the roasted grated butternut and beetroot didn’t mush all up when roasted….so that was a huge bonus! Crunch was needed for that bit of oomph, so topping this meal with toasted almonds and pumpkin seeds was The Best!!!

Let’s just say that this, maybe not so pretty, Roasted Butternut and Beetroot Nutty Spaghetti will be in my life forever. 🙂

Roasted Butternut and Beetroot Nutty Spaghetti

Preparation time:  20 minutes

Cooking time:  12 minutes

Total time: 32 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients:

Spaghetti (I used Gluten-Free Spaghetti)

2 cups grated raw butternut

1/2 cup grated raw beetroot

salt and pepper to taste

a drizzling of extra virgin olive oil for the roasting of the vegetables

a little butter or oil for cooking the garlic, sage and onions

3-4 garlic cloves, finely chopped (depending on size)

handful of fresh sage leaves

6 spring onions, finely chopped

To serve with:

freshly squeezed lemon juice

toasted almonds, chopped

toasted pumpkin seeds

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Grate the butternut and beetroot.

Place on a baking tray with a little oil, salt and pepper.  Place in a preheated oven and roast for about 10 minutes.  After about 5 minutes, give the vegetables a stir.

Whilst the vegetables are roasting, cook up the spaghetti (as per packet instructions).

Once the vegetables are done, remove from the oven.

In the meanwhile, heat up a little oil in a pan and cook the garlic and sage for a couple of minutes, lastly add the spring onions and give them a stir.

Then add the cooked spaghetti, and quickly toss in the roasted butternut and beetroot. You may find that the spaghetti starts turning a bit pink from the beetroot, don’t worry it is fine. Give this meal a squeeze of lemon juice and top with toasted almonds and toasted pumpkin seeds.

Enjoy 🙂

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Easy Baked Vegetable Quinoa with Cheesy Topping

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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.

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Easy Baked Vegetable Quinoa with Cheesy Topping

Preparation:  10 minutes

Cooking time:  20 – 30 minutes

Total time:  30 – 40 minutes

Serves 6-8

Ingredients:

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)

Instructions:

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.

Enjoy 🙂

Nutty Millet Stir Fry with Red Chilli Sauce

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Grains are my new best friends.  I know, I know, it sounds crazy right?  But, they are so awesome.  Only problem is they don’t talk, so I can’t talk to them…I mean that would be ridiculous…Imagine talking to grains, I would need to then answer for them so the conversation is not so one-sided, and then I probably, if heard, would quickly be put in a straight jacket and taken…you know where.  So lets just keep it simple, and just accept these wonderful grains as they are and not expect change :-).

So, to do a Stir Fry is pretty easy as we all know, but this one has toasted almonds in it which is quite cool. Also, instead of the usual rice, it has millet and a killer chilli sauce! Isn’t that cool?  Not…whatever :-). When I first did this meal I used quinoa…of course, haha, I am soooo predictable, but then thought I best change it up a bit and give the other grains a chance in my kitchen :-). I have also done this same stir fry with my favourite roasted chickpeas, instead of the toasted almonds, and it is equally as delicious. So…….anyway, just chop a load of veggies, quickly stir fry them and just before serving, mix in the cooked millet. Meal done. This, with the chilli sauce is dynamite :-). Oh, don’t think about cooking the millet with the actual stir fry, you will regret it, trust me…it just becomes ‘mush’.

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Nutty Millet Stir Fry with Red Chilli Sauce

Preparation: 10 minutes  (time will increase if Millet is uncooked and Almonds are not toasted)

Cooking time:  7 minutes

Total time:  17 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients:

For the sauce:

2 1/2 Tablespoons of Red Chilli Soy Sauce

2 1/2 Tablespoons of honey

Zest and juice of one large lemon

For the Stir-Fry:

2/3 cups (100 grams / 3.5 ounces) sliced white onion

7/8 cups (155 grams  / 5.4 ounces) sliced yellow pepper

2 cups (200 grams / 7.1 ounces) sliced red/purple cabbage

4 cups (200 grams  / 7.1 ounces) chopped carrot

1 cup (150 grams  /5.3 ounces) snap peas, roughly chopped

a little olive oil for frying

200 grams (1 cup /7 ounces) cooked millet

100 grams (3/4 cup / 3.7 ounces) dry toasted almonds (plus more if you want)

Instructions:

For the sauce:  Mix the soy, honey and zest together in a small pot.  Add about half of the lemon juice and taste.  If you feel it needs a bit more of a tarty taste, then add the rest.  I generally end up using juice from a whole lemon. Set aside to be heated up just before serving.

On medium heat, add the oil in either a large frying pan or wok. Once heated add the carrots first and give them a head start for a couple seconds, (as they are the hardest raw vegetable) then add the onion, pepper, snap peas and lastly the red/purple cabbage. Stir continuously just for a few minutes until just lightly cooked, but still crunchy.

Add the cooked millet, stir around well and let it nestle around nicely among the veggies. (Now this is the time to multi-task, while you are stirring around the millet, heat up the sauce 🙂

Serve hot and add the dry toasted almonds separately.  I prefer to do this to extend the crunch factor.

Enjoy 🙂

NB*  Please note, that I use a metric scale for all my measurements.

  • To dry toast the almonds:  On medium heat, place a frying pan, add the almonds and stir continuously.  Almonds toast quite quickly, so don’t leave them unattended, or they will burn.
  • To cook millet:  Cook as per packet instructions.