Spiced Honey & Mushroom Quinoa

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This was a bit of an experimental dinner that turned out pretty tasty, and when I popped it up on instagram, asking if anyone wanted the recipe, it got a few yeses, so here it is!!

Spiced Honey & Mushroom Quinoa, with Roasted Vegetables and Feta.

You’ll need:

1 onion
100g mushrooms
100g quinoa
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp chilli powder
Veggies for roasting (I had sweet potato, carrot, and red peppers)
Feta
Cress (for making it look pretty)

Pop the oven on to 200 to heat up and roughly chop the veggies you’re wanting to roast. You want them to be roughly the same size, but softer veg (like the peppers) are going to roast faster, so make them a little bit bigger. Lay them out on a baking tray, with a bit of space in between, and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle over a little bit of sea salt and pepper, and put in the oven on the middle shelf. The veggies’ll take about 35-40 minutes.

Whilst the veg is roasting, put a small saucepan on to cook your quinoa. Different types take different amounts of time, so just follow the packet instructions. Once its cooked, and drained if necessary, put it back in the saucepan and pop the lid on. It’ll fluff up nicer if you can let it steam for an extra few minutes once it’s cooked.

Finely chop your onion, and put it in a frying pan – you’ll want to start it on a high heat, so it sizzles, and then turn it down to sweat, rather than fry. After a few minutes, it should start to soften and go translucent. Whilst that’s happening, roughly chop up your mushrooms and chuck them in with the onion, and then add the quinoa to the frying pan. Stir in a tablespoon of honey, and a teaspoon of hot chilli powder, make sure its all stirred together, and keep it going on a low heat.

Once the veggies are cooked, plate it up! Mushroomy quinoa on first, then veggies on top, and then top with feta, or goats cheese. If it lasts long enough to take a picture, I’ll be impressed.

You can change this up tons; most of my dinners are a variation on this – with quinoa, rice, cous cous, or lentils, with mushrooms, or spinach, or something cooked through it, then different roasted veggies (roasted cauliflower? omg.), and then feta or hummus on top. Yum. I’d love to see what you come up with if you try this, so tag me in your instagram pics, @terri_jane

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