Superfood Seven – quinoa and ‘cheating’ roasted veg

I didn’t realise until I started writing this down quite what a tick list of so-called ‘superfoods‘ this dish is. I normally ignore most of the marketing buzz that goes on around the latest trendy food, but I happen to think this tastes (and looks) really good.

Normally I would prepare it by roasting all the veg, but today I just wanted to grab a quick lunch before I ran back to the gym, so I cheated and used precooked beetroot from a packet and steamed the sweet potatoes before whacking them under the grill with a tiny bit of oil. Grilling the sweet potatoes really helped bring out their flavour, and I even managed not to set off the smoke alarm! I ate it hot as I was pretty cold outside, but made a bulk load of it – it works really well cold as a salad as well.

IMAG0932Ingredients:

Roughly equal quantities of the following (except the seeds!)

  • Quinoa (grain from Latin America that is relatively high in protein)
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Beetroot
  • Broccoli
  • Watercress or mixed salad leaves
  • Can of chickpeas
  • Pumpkin seeds

Whilst the quinoa was cooking I steamed the sweet potatoes (cut up into bite sized chunks), then I put them under the grill whilst I steamed the broccoli. Once they were done I mixed them all up with the rest of the ingredients and the drained quinoa to warm through and then served on a bed of watercress and leaves.

If I was serving it as a salad I’d probably drizzle it with a bit of chilli oil.

Why I like it:

  • There’s a great mix of colours in here, which as well as looking good is usually a good clue that you’ve got a good mix of vitamins and minerals, and this is no exception, the veg, along with the the watercress and spinach salad, is pretty much a superfood top ten tick list
  • There’s a good mix of protein from the quinoa and chickpeas, essential to help rebuild my body after my morning workout
  • The pumpkin seeds give it a nice nutty bite, as well as being a good source of magnesium and anti oxidants
  • As well as being a good source of vitamin A, the sweet potatoes have a low glycemic index so keep you feeling full for longer without a big carb crash
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