Savoury

Spicy Chickpeas & Quinoa

I think you can hazard a guess and say that I love food. Sweet, savoury, sour, healthy and junk. Now, I’m not crazy about everything but I do enjoy trying out new things.

Quinoa is my latest obsession.

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Pronounced kin-wa, it is a herbaceous plant that is grown as a grain crop. It is considered very healthy as it’s gluten free, contains a ton of vitamins, iron, fibre, magnesium, potassium, vitamin E, phosphorus, calcium and all nine amino acids.

In layman’s terms, it is very similar to rice. Cooks the same way as well. One part quinoa to two parts water. It is a slightly healthier alternative to rice and is very helpful in weight loss thanks to its composition of iron and proteins. 

And when paired with spices, provides a delicious and guilt-free meal!

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I came across this recipe on the hunt for more quinoa inspiration. It suits me perfectly, just packed with flavours and yummy ingredients! It is a quick, easy meal or side dish to throw together as it requires very little time. Best of all, there’s always room for innovation and experimentation!

If you try out this recipe or simply love it, then please let me know! Leave a comment below or tag me on Instagram and I’ll be sure to check it out! ♥


 

Spicy Chickpeas & Quinoa

Ingredients

1 cup     uncooked quinoa

2 cups    vegetable/chicken broth

2 tbsp.    olive oil

3 cloves  garlic, minced

1              onion, chopped

2 (15 oz) cans   chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 (15 oz) can  diced tomatoes

1 tbsp.      tomato paste

1 tsp         cumin powder

1/2 tsp      red pepper flakes

salt and black pepper to taste

fresh cilantro for garnish 

Method

  1. Quinoa: Soak the quinoa in warm water for about ten minutes. Wash, drain and set aside. For one cup of quinoa, you would cook it in two cups of water. In a saucepan, bring the chicken/vegetable broth to a boil and add in the quinoa. I used chicken broth.  Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover. It takes about 15-20 minutes to finish cooking. Once it has absorbed all the water, you will know it is done. Leave covered, turn off flame and let it sit for a couple minutes. 
  2. In a skillet over heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Once it is warm, add onions and minced garlic and sauté till translucent. Add the chickpeas, diced tomatoes, tomato paste and spices. Stir and cover, let it simmer for about 5-10 minutes. 
  3. Remove from heat, add in the quinoa and mix. Sprinkle chopped cilantro as garnish. 

 

You can add in more vegetables if desired. I have even made these with mushrooms and it is just as delicious! Just add in the sliced mushrooms along with the tomatoes and then mix in the rest of the ingredients! You could also squeeze some lemon juice over it to give it a kick. Enjoy! 

Recipe adapted from: eatyourselfskinny.com

 

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