Quick Quinoa! (Yes… its Q of the A-Z Challenge)

Quick Quinoa

Q for my A-Z alphabet challenge was always going to be quinoa! (pronounced keen-wah). Quinoa is a grain which contains high amounts of protein and is actually one of the few plants foods which is classed as a complete protein! Yes meat eaters! See… there are plant foods which are complete proteins too! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Quinoa also contains fibre, a range of minerals including iron and it is gluten free πŸ™‚ What’s notΒ to like! πŸ™‚ Lets get creating!


  • 100g quinoa (I used white and a sprinkling of black)
  • 350ml boiling water
  • coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion (100g) sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon tandoori spice (substitute any mixed curry whole spice)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1 x 400g chick peas (garbanzo / gram) drained and rinsed
  • 6-8 sugar snap peas cut into bite size piecesΒ (orΒ fresh green beans / mange tout)
  • 3-4 cherry tomatoes halved
  • salt (I used pink Himalayan)


  1. Put the quinoa in a pan and lightly dry toast for a couple of minutes. Carefully add the boiling water, stir, reduce heat and cook for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Melt the coconut oil, add the onion and sprinkle the sugar over. Allow to cook for 3-4 minutes before adding the spice and garlic. Cook until the onions are translucent and just starting to brown.
  3. Stir in the chick peas coating them with the spices.
  4. Add the sugar-snap peas and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add the tomatoes and warm through.
  6. Add the cooked quinoa to the chick peas and season to taste with salt.
  7. Enjoy!

Serve & Store

  • Delicious as a meal in its own right! or add a salad.
  • Refrigerate when cold and consume within 3 days.
  • Try mixing the quinoa – red, white, black
  • Use this recipe for a quick and tasty chickpea recipe (without the quinoa)
  • Dress it up for an impressive dinner!
  • Use for packed lunch – yum!


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  • Roxanne | The Lemon And Jar 20th April 2015 at 10:39

    Love chickpeas! Thats looking great!


    • Life Diet Health 20th April 2015 at 12:45

      Thank you very much Roxanne and welcome to Life Diet Health πŸ™‚ Chickpeas are one of my favourite things… I think that’s chickpea recipe post number seven so far! πŸ˜›

      • Roxanne | The Lemon And Jar 20th April 2015 at 21:06

        Very nice! I’m just starting out myself! πŸ™‚ good luck!

        • Life Diet Health 21st April 2015 at 16:59

          Hello Roxanne, thank you and welcome to Life Diet Health ☺ I’ll pop over to your blog and have a look πŸ™‚

  • Delicious Peace of Mind 20th April 2015 at 11:37

    Adorable presentation and yummy sounding recipe! πŸ™‚ Love the pop of color tomatoes give. Just wondering, what are the decoration dots on the plate? πŸ™‚

    • Life Diet Health 20th April 2015 at 12:42

      I tell you Milica… it didn’t start off looking like that! πŸ˜› Thank you! The dots ah well! They were going to be balsamic vinegar but I couldn’t find my dropper so I cheated and used date syrup! That will be a new recipe in the making- I accidentally ate some with the quinoa and it was so good!!! πŸ™‚

      • Delicious Peace of Mind 20th April 2015 at 13:37

        Date syrup with quinoa? Sounds yumm-y! πŸ™‚ And some of your caramelized onions, salty… And, and… darn, I’m hungry again! πŸ˜›

        • Life Diet Health 21st April 2015 at 17:02

          Milica it was accidental but so good! Seriously need to have a play with that!

          • Delicious Peace of Mind 22nd April 2015 at 08:22

            Please share if you end up with something good! πŸ˜‰ Which I don’t doubt you will πŸ™‚

          • Life Diet Health 22nd April 2015 at 08:33

            Thank you! Maybe a kitchen day tomorrow πŸ™‚ x

  • pinkiebag 20th April 2015 at 16:20

    I discovered quinoa recently, but when I’ve tried to it at home, it’s been a tad bland. This combination of simple flavours is great and the chickpeas will make it very filling. A nice healthy tea.

    • Life Diet Health 21st April 2015 at 17:28

      Thank you! A nice healthy tea indeed! Let me know how yours turns out if you make it πŸ™‚ Quinoa is wonderful if you treat it right! πŸ™‚ Some people wash it first to get rid of the bitter saponins but I prefer to lightly dry toast it. I’m not too keen on the black quinoa on its own though but the red and the white are delicious.


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