Quinoa, Lentil and Chestnut Loaf (v)

This was an experiment which thankfully worked and used up a packet of stuffing mix and a pack of whole chestnuts left over from Christmas. It freezes well and also makes a nice sandwich filling.

For a 2lb loaf which will cut into 8-10 slices you need

  • 1/2 cup red lentils
  • 1/2 cup black quinoa
  • 2 tsp stock powder
  • 1 packet of stuffing mix – I used Tesco’s Finest sage and red onion stuffing mix
  • 1 pack whole chestnuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp dried mixed herbs
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 200ml boiling water
  1. Begin by cooking the lentils and quinoa in 1.5 cups water with the stock powder for 20 mins until the lentils are mushy and the quinoa is cooked. Turn off the heat and leave to cool in a covered pan for at least 30 mins.
  2. Add everything else into the lentil mix and then pack into a lined and greased 2lb loaf tin.
  3. Bake at 170 degrees for 35 mins until cooked through. Slice and serve as part of a roast dinner.

Cider Sausage Casserole with Black Quinoa (v)

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Yeah. Black quinoa mofos. I’m so totally more hipster than you 😉 And no, there isn’t much difference between the normal type and this one or the red one! I found  it lurking at the back of the cupboard when I had a New Year clear out so thought I’d better use it… I also found some unpleasant cheap cider that I’d got to mull but hadn’t got round to using. This was an inspired chuck it all in and see what happens dish and what happened was I’d definitely make it again so here is the recipe!

For four portions you need

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 8 vegan sausages
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into fat discs
  • 4 potatoes, cut into chunky cubes
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • 1 can cider
  • 2 tsp stock powder
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tin black eyed beans, drained and rinsed
  • 200g spinach, washed and shredded
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup black quinoa
  1. Begin by frying the leek, carrots, potatoes and sausages in the oil until the vegetables are starting to get tender and the sausages have browned a little, about 10 mins.
  2. Add the cider, stock powder and mustard and bring to the boil. Add the quinoa, beans and sage and cook gently covered for 10-15 mins until the quinoa, potatoes and carrots are cooked. You may need to add a little more stock if necessary as you want a bit of sauce left.
  3. Season to taste and add the spinach. Leave to wilt, covered and with the heat off, for 5 mins. This will also allow the quinoa to finish cooking and relax a little.
  4. Delicious served with some apple sauce on the side.

Hoisin Vegetable and Tofu Stirfry with Quinoa (v)

  
I had planned to do a vegetable and rice noodle salad with crispy tofu.  But it was too cold for salad. So I stir fried it all instead, serving with a mound of light fluffy quinoa instead of rice as it’s quicker to cook and I prefer it. 

For three generous portions you need

  • 1 pack cauldron firm tofu
  • 1.5 cups (American Rob) quinoa
  • 1 tsp vegetable stock powder
  • 3 cups of cold water
  • 2 onions
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 red chillies
  • 1 pack edamame beans
  • Tenderstem broccoli 
  • 2 carrots
  • 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped 
  • 1″ ginger, grated
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp veg oil
  1. Begin by cutting the tofu into strips. Press down into a clean tea towel to squeeze out the excess water. Cut into bite sized pieces
  2. Heat the oil in a wok until very hot. Add the tofu and cook for 5-10 mins over a hot heat until brown and starting to crisp. 
  3. Meanwhile place the quinoa, water and stock into a lidded pan.  Bring to the boil. Once boiling reduce the heat and leave to cook for 8-10 mins until the quinoa has cooked. Turn off the heat and leave the lid on to steam the quinoa until you’re ready to eat it. 
  4. Once the tofu is browned add the onions, chillies, ginger and garlic. Cook for 2-3 mins and then add the remaining vegetables. Add the hoisin and soya sauces and cover with a lid.
  5. Reduce the heat and leave to steam fry for 2-3 mins until the vegetables are al dente and covered in the lovely dark sauce.
  6. Serve with the quinoa. Attempt to eat with chopsticks. Manage three mouthfuls before giving up and using a fork 🙂