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Quinoa Bowl With Broccoli & Pumpkin Three Ways

Quinoa Bowl

Bowl Food, Dinner, Vegan | 9th December 2015 | By

I’ve been hearing a lot about bowls recently, smoothie bowls, Buddha bowls and rice bowls seem to be all the rage. I thought it was time to join in and come up with my very own take: the quinoa bowl.  It was also a chance to showcase not only the contents, but the beautiful Japanese vessel in which it was served.

I’d recently been sent a parcel of goodies from Caprera which included a bottle of pumpkin seed oil. The 250 ml bottle of virgin pressed unrefined pumpkin seed oil, from Scarlett & Mustard, tastes rich and nutty; it makes a fabulous dressing. The seeds are grown and pressed by a group of Slovenian farmers and are packed full of vitamin E.

Caprera is a new online marketplace dedicated to good quality food produced with love by small independent UK artisan businesses. Caprera acts as a one stop shop, enabling people to order a number of products from different craft producers and receive them in a single delivery.  The producers’ stories are an important part of the food experience and are all related on the site, should wish to know more. There are also some great videos from the producers explaining their craft. I particularly enjoyed the two minute vimeo from The Seriously Italian Company who make fresh pestos and pastas in London.

Caprera Goodies

As a customer, it feels like an online delicatessen with many of the items you’d expect to find there. The site currently offers around 200 products from oils and seasonings to cheeses, jams & preserves, beverages, confectionary and more. As well as the pumpkin seed oil, I was also sent a bottle of hand crafted Surrey Garden Cider and a pack of handmade vanilla fudge from Meg’s Cottage in Bradford on Avon. 

With Christmas fast approaching what could be nicer than a hamper of artisan food and drink goodies. Caprera has a seasonal Flavours of Christmas Hamper for the festive season, replete with cake, biscuits, chocolates, jam, chutney and more. Other gift hampers on offer include: Dinner Party, Afternoon Tea and BBQ Essentials. I know which one I have my eye on.

Quinoa Bowl

The quinoa bowl was comforting, nutritious and delicious. Unlike cereals, quinoa is a complete protein, so these bowls of goodness provide a balanced meal. The dressing made with the pumpkin seed oil and balsamic vinegar along with a few other ingredients was exceptionally good and I shall be splashing it around any number of creations yet to materialise. The complementary colours of green broccoli and orange squash were a feast for the eye as well as the palate. A scattering of toasted pumpkin seeds provided a welcome crunch. Bring on the quinoa bowl I say.

Quinoa Bowl with Broccoli and Pumpkin Three Ways
Serves 2
A comforting bowl of wholesome deliciousness, ideal for informal eating with a spoon. Quinoa served with roasted squash, broccoli and pumpkin seed oil dressing
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 120g quinoa
  2. 1 small dense fleshed orange squash - peeled, deseeded and cubed (I used butternut squash)
  3. 2 tbsp olive oil
  4. 1 small red chilli - deseeded and finely chopped
  5. 3/4 tsp ground turmeric
  6. a pinch of sea salt flakes (I used Cornish sea salt)
  7. two handfuls of broccoli florets
  8. 15g pumpkin seeds - toasted
Dressing
  1. 2 tbsp unrefined pumpkin seed oil (I used Scarlett & Mustard's available from Caprera)
  2. 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  3. 1 tsp lime juice
  4. 1 clove garlic - finely chopped
  5. 8-10 chives - snipped
  6. a few sprigs of parsley - finely chopped
  7. a pinch of sea salt flakes (I used Cornish sea salt)
Instructions
  1. Place the quinoa in a pan with a tight fitting lid. Cover it with water and bring to the boil with the lid on.
  2. Allow it to simmer for 3 to 4 minutes, then drain off the water and rinse the quinoa.
  3. Cover with twice as much water to quinoa, bring to a gentle simmer with the lid on and allow to cook for ten minutes. Turn the heat off and leave for a further 5-10 minutes, when you should have a fluffy pile of quinoa.
  4. Mix the squash pieces with the olive oil, chilli, turmeric and salt and roast in a hot oven for about 20 minutes by which time the squash should be cooked and a little caramelised around the edges.
  5. Meanwhile steam the broccoli for about 5 minutes or until just tender.
  6. Whisk the dressing ingredients together.
  7. While everything is nice and hot, divide the quinoa into two bowls. Place the squash on top along with the broccoli. Scatter the pumpkin seeds over everything and spoon on as much of the dressing as you like.
Notes
  1. It's not strictly necessary to par-boil the quinoa, but cooking it this way gets rid of any soapy taste and gives a fluffy result.
Tin and Thyme http://tinandthyme.uk/
Meat Free MondaysI’m sending this off to Jac at Tinned Tomatoes for Meat Free Mondays 

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  1. Leave a Reply

    Diana
    9th December 2015

    I love adding quinoa to my porridge, salads, or as a side dish for dinner. The pumpkin seed oil sounds interesting. I’m going to try your recipe, as I’m trying to eat more healthy and it sounds wonderful! Thank you for linking to my berry quinoa porridge!

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      Choclette
      9th December 2015

      Thanks Diana, I hope you like it. We eat a lot of quinoa, but I’ve not yet tried it in porridge.

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    Corina
    9th December 2015

    I do like the idea of quinoa bowls and the pumpkin oil sounds delicious, especially with the pumpkins seeds in the salad too. I’m always making mini resolutions to eat more healthily and this would be a meal that I’d love.

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      Choclette
      9th December 2015

      Thanks Corina. I’m a bit of a dairy addict, so it’s really nice to have something relatively simple like this that is delicious with no need for dairy.

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    Laura@howtocookgoodfood
    9th December 2015

    I love quinoa and serving it like this in a gorgeous bowl with lovely veggies makes for a perfect lunch. Interested to taste the pumpkin oil, not had that before.

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      Choclette
      9th December 2015

      Thanks Laura. Pumpkin seed oil works really well as a salad dressing, but I’ve also used it in savoury muffins to good effect.

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    Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs
    9th December 2015

    This looks delicious Choclette! So virtuous! I’m a big fan of buddah bowls. There is something comforting about wrapping your hands round a bowl and digging in!

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      Choclette
      9th December 2015

      Exactly Emma. It’s perfect food for relaxing on the sofa šŸ˜‰

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      Choclette
      9th December 2015

      Thanks Helen, it makes a nice change from our more usual stir fry. And yes, I do love trying out new things šŸ™‚

      I hope you are on the mend and feeling a bit better.

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    Elizabeth
    9th December 2015

    Mmm this sounds rather lovely! I’m intrigued by this pumpkin oil!

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      Choclette
      9th December 2015

      The pumpkin seed oil is well worth having Elizabeth, although there are so many lovely things to be found at Caprera, it’s hard to know where to stop šŸ˜‰

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    Heidi Roberts
    10th December 2015

    Oohh pumpkin seed oil – that’s a new one for me. Love pumpkin seeds too.

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      Choclette
      11th December 2015

      Pumpkin seed oil is really nutty and delicious Heidi, but Caprera have lots of other delicious things on offer too.

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    Jessica
    11th December 2015

    A quinoa bowl is a great idea! I’m so intrigued by the pumpkin seed oil.

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      Choclette
      11th December 2015

      Pumpkin seed oil is nutty and delicious Jessica and it seems to go particularly well with balsamic.

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    Ali @ Home & Plate
    11th December 2015

    Quinoa bowls are the perfect meal for the cold days of winter. Love the addition of pumpkin for flavors of fall. Looks delish!

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      Choclette
      11th December 2015

      Thanks Ali, there’s something very snugly about a bowl somehow šŸ˜‰

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    Dom
    11th December 2015

    I love everything about this. The quinoa. The veg. The oil. The bowl. Glorious for prior to the madness of Christmas x

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      Choclette
      11th December 2015

      Yes Dom and it will be good for the post Christmas clean-up too šŸ˜‰

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    Cassandrea at chewsandbrews.ca
    11th December 2015

    Nice!! Pumpkin seed oil!! I love making quinoa bowls – so nutritious! I love all the ingredients you have used! I have printed and this will be made for my lunches next week!!

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      Choclette
      11th December 2015

      Thanks Cassandrea. Glad you like the recipe and I’m really pleased you’re going to try it šŸ™‚

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    Thinly Spread
    11th December 2015

    Some of my favourite things in here and I do love a bowl – something very comforting about them!

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      Choclette
      11th December 2015

      My thoughts exactly Chris and it’s good to know that simple food can be just as delicious as grander fare.

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      Choclette
      11th December 2015

      It’s well worth a look Bintu. Lots of delicious looking artisan fare from small British producers.

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    Ciao Florentina
    12th December 2015

    Quinoa lives in my pantry nowadays. I love what you did here with the pumpkin, beautiful and healthy !

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      Choclette
      12th December 2015

      Thanks Florentina. We used to buy organic quinoa in bulk, which was great. Sadly we lost our supplier and now have to buy it in measly expensive packets.

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    Platter Talk
    13th December 2015

    I’ve been hearing more and more about bowl meals lately, as well. Your example looks perfectly healthy, delicious and practical. No wonder they are catching on! Great job with this one.

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      Choclette
      13th December 2015

      Thank you very much. I’m usually well behind the trends, but I like to think many will have heard quinoa bowl mentioned here first šŸ˜‰

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    Janie
    14th December 2015

    That dish, sorry bowl, looks really tasty and nourishing and I’m intrigued by the oil too. I shall be keeping an eye out for it šŸ™‚
    Janie x

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      Choclette
      15th December 2015

      Thanks Janie. Pumpkin seed oil is really tasty. I’ve been using it for years. It’s also quite fun because of its unusually dark colour.

  15. Leave a Reply

    Karen
    15th December 2015

    Looks and sounds divine Choclette and as a lover of pumpkin oil, I bet it adds a wonderful extra flavour dimension too! Karen

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      Choclette
      15th December 2015

      Thanks Karen. I’m glad to find I’m not the only pumpkin seed oil user out there šŸ˜‰

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    Natalie Tamara
    15th December 2015

    This look delicious and a wholesome break from all the heavy food that comes with this time of year. Pumpkin seed oil sounds wonderful too!

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      Choclette
      15th December 2015

      Thanks Natalie, yes a few dishes like this in between everything else feels rather good šŸ™‚

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    Chris @ SimpleFood365
    15th December 2015

    That looks great and I love that it is quinoa instead of rice! I have never tried pumpkin seed oil but it sounds interesting!

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      Choclette
      15th December 2015

      I shall be experimenting with rice bowls Chris, but I thought I’d start with quinoa šŸ™‚

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    Razena | Tantalisemytastebuds.com
    15th December 2015

    This has bowl has some of my favorite ingredients and I love the contrasting colors and textures of the dish. Thanks for sharing this as it makes a great meat free meal.

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    Penelope
    7th June 2016

    This sounds gorgeous – I’ve not come across Pumpkin seed oil before, despite loving pumpkin seeds. I am sure Harry would adore this as squash and broccoli are two of his favourite things (strange toddler that he is) šŸ˜‰

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      Choclette
      7th June 2016

      Pumpkin seed oil isn’t perhaps the easiest of oils to get your hands on. I’m not surprised as harry liking squash, but broccoli is less obvious. Long may it continue šŸ™‚

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