Tomato Quinoa with basil and Mozzarella

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Total Time:    40 minutes

Nutritional per serving
Calories: 307 kcal
Fat: 9 g
Protein: 21 g
Carbohydrates: 35 g

We have a few awesome quinoa recipes in our growing archives and this Tomato Quinoa recipe one that stands out.

A tomato quinoa combo may be a stretch for some people but be assured that this will not disappoint as we’ve added a bunch of other tasty ingredients, such as, spinach, mozzarella and fennel seeds.

Give it a go and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Ingredients

  • 250g uncooked quinoa
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic. diced
  • 250g fresh spinach, chopped
  • Handful fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 250g half fat mozzarella, cubed (438 kcal)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Tomato Quinoa Directions

  • Cook the quinoa according to the instructions found on the packet.
  • Whilst the quinoa cooks, place a saucepan on a medium heat, add the olive oil and sauté the onion until soft.
  • Add the garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes, taking care to ensure it doesn’t burn.
  • Add the canned tomatoes, oregano, fennel seeds, salt and some freshly ground black pepper.
  • Stir and then cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the spinach, cover and wait a few minutes until the spinach wilts.
  • Once the quinoa is cooked, combine with the vegetables in the saucepan, remove from the heat and mix thoroughly.
  • Once you are ready to serve, add the mozzarella & basil and share everything out evenly.

Tips & alternatives

If serving warm, the cheese will melt so if preparing this for a work lunch it would be better to combine the cheese just before eating.

If you like the sound of this Tomato Quinoa recipe, you may like to check out some of our other quinoa recipes. Also, if you’re interested in learning more about quinoa, head over to our quinoa superfood series article which should have everything you need to know.

A little info on Quinoa

Quinoa has become more popular in the health world lately as it’s a great source of complex carbs and has a relatively high protein content compared to other grains.

Technically, Quinoa isn’t a grain cereal but a pseudo-cereal which means it is essentially a seed which is prepared and eaten in a similar fashion to grains. As well as being highly nutritious it also carries with it lots of other health benefits, for example, it has a low glycemic index, it supports metabolic health and is loaded with antioxidants.


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