Friday, 15 November 2013

Quinoa Fried 'Rice' with Tomato Butter Beans - Speedy Dinner

On a Friday afternoon, I don't have all of the energy/enthusiasm in the world, so a nice speedy dinner like this is a treat to make. If you haven't picked up already I like to whip up quick, easy and tasty meals! 

I had some left over quinoa from last nights dinner and used that for the 'fried rice'. I used a can of our favourite butter beans and sauteed them with some extras to give them a twist, and I cooked some pre-bought vege spring rolls in the oven for that extra crunch! 

Quinoa Fried 'Rice' 

Serves 2-3


1 cup cooked quinoa (I cook my using 1 part quinoa & 2 parts water) 

1 small onion diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 red capsicum diced
1 cup peas (you can use any veges)
teaspoon sesame oil
tablespoons tamari
1 hand full of sliced spring onion
White pepper


1. Combine quinoa and water in a medium sized saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for about 13 minutes, or until the quinoa has absorbed all of the water. After the quinoa has cooked, fluff with a fork and take off the heat. Alternatively cook in the microwave.  

2. Add some oil in a large pan or wok on high heat. Saute onion, garlic and capsicum for about three minutes, until veggies are just tender. 

3. Add the quinoa and peas then stir. 

4. Add the sesame oil, tamari, spring onion and white pepper to taste.

Remove from heat and set aside.

Delmaine Butter Beans in Italian Sauce
My little secret

Tomato Butter Beans
Serves 2

1 390g can of butter beans in a tomato sauce
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
tablespoon maple syrup/brown sugar/agave
teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
Sea salt and black pepper
Fresh basil for garnish


1. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion and fry for about 5 mins. Add the garlic and fry for another 2-3 minutes, until the onion is tender.

2. Add the tomato puree, sauté for a minute. Then add the rest of the ingredients except the basil and cook for 2-3 minutes. 

3. Season with maple syrup, oregano, smoked paprika salt and pepper.

4. The dish is ready when the tomato sauce has thickened. 

Add basil to serve :)

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