Beetroot, carrot and quinoa bake

April 30, 2013 § 8 Comments

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Sometimes, great things are born out of great mistakes. This beetroot, carrot and quinoa bake is one such great thing. What was meant to be a grated carrot and beetroot salad (like the one I described here) was in fact turned into a beautifully pink, mushy pulp thanks to a misunderstanding of my recently-purchased food processor’s settings. The mixture was too wet and pulpy in texture to enjoy as it was, so I was left wondering what to do with it: make it into a soup? A facemask? Stare at it abjectly for a while, before throwing it onto the compost? In a Newton-esque eureka! moment, I happened upon the answer: I remembered I had in the fridge a leftover quinoa salad, which was very delicious in its own right. But I knew that these flavours would complement one another, and I knew making a bake would eliminate the ‘soupyness’ of the current situation. The addition of blue-cheese and feta made my tastebuds cry a little in gratitude when I tucked into the warm, delectable taste-sensation the other night for dinner. So I thought I’d share it with you!

Beetroot, carrot and quinoa bake

Ingredients 

Dollop of coconut oil for frying

1 onion, diced

1 Cup of quinoa

2 medium-large carrots (I used 4 small ones)

1 beetroot

1 Cup broccoli florets

½ Cup peas

½ Cup pumpkin seeds

2 eggs (or chia-seed eggs equivalent)

1 tspn cumin

½ tspn cardamom

pinch of salt

A handful of crumbled blue-cheese or feta (or go cray-cray and have both, like I did!) (Of course, you can leave the cheese out if you’re vegan. All the same, the tart cheesy flavour really complements the sweetness of the carrots and beets, so I would recommend making a “cheese” sauce like this one as a replacement, to serve alongside the bake)

Method

First, cook up the quinoa (if you haven’t cooked quinoa before, Sarah B made this lovely video that shows you how to do it)!

Whilst the quinoa is cooking, heat the coconut oil in a pan, and add to it the diced onion, cumin and cardamom. Keep it sizzling on low-medium heat until the onion is golden and tender. Then, throw in the broccoli and let it fry for ~5 mins.

In the mean time, in a food processor, blend the beetroot and carrots together to create a fine pulp.

In a mixing bowl, mix the beet-carrot pulp with the quinoa, onion, broccoli, peas and pumpkin seeds. Also mix in the eggs.

Transfer this mixture into a baking dish (I used one that is approximately 20cm x 20cm). Sprinkle over the top with the blue cheese/feta, and press down on it gently, so the cheese gets slightly “imbedded.”

Bake at 180C for ~30 minutes, or until the cheese is golden-brown.

I ate mine with a big serving of green salad. I think it would also taste great with some roast potatoes. I hope you enjoy this ‘mistake’ as much as I did!

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