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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Organic Quinoa with Shiitake Mushrooms, Coconut Milk, Red Bell Peppers and Soya Sauce

My last few days in Paris before I came home for 1 month of weddings and vacation I stayed at my sisters flat in the 6th and made a yummy pantry meal.

I was in such a lazy mood and after traveling across Europe by car, moving out of my flat and squeezing one too many boxes into my sisters boyfriends cave I was certainly more than ready to lounge around all day in her flat and barely lift my pinky!

Lounging I did and this included one too many minutes of the Tour de France and lots of TV shows I simply used as background sound as I distracted myself with the computer.

This dish I pulled together pretty quickly after looking around in desperation through my sisters fridge and pantry. Luckily my sister is a very healthy eater and all I really had to chose from was organic quinoa, a handful of asian ingredients, and a few tomatoes, cucumbers and red bell peppers.

The coconut milk added a perfect amount of creaminess and it really was a nice little dish.

PS. How beautiful is my sisters blooming cactus on the right? You can see a bit of her glorious rooftop Parisian terrace in this photo.

Asian Inspired Quinoa

- Box of Organic Quinoa
-Can of Coconut Milk
- Salt and Pepper
-1 Tomato
-1 cucomber
-1 red bell pepper
-Dried or Fresh shitake mushrooms
- Soya Sauce

1. With all rice I like to soak and rinse a few times to get out the starches. Rince the Quinoa a few times and place quinoa and a cup of water and cup of coconut milk in a saucepan and bring to boil. Add a dash of salt and pepper. Reduce to simmer and cover for 15-20 mins. If liquid gets absorbed too quickly turn the temp down and add a bit more coconut milk

2. After 20 mins add 1/4 cup more coconut milk, add diced tomatoes, bell pepper and mushrooms and simmer for another 10 minutes to cook the veggies and infuse the quinoa with a bit more coconut flavor.

3. Add a dash of soya to the quinoa mixture (this will add a bit more salt) and plate with cucumber and tomato and enjoy!


  1. ooooo, im so gonna try this one... love anything quinoa and coconut!

  2. I tried this for dinner last night, but used scallions as my green since I had no cucumbers. Gave it a nice little bite. So yummy. Thanks for the inspiration, Sydney!

  3. Yeah glad you tried it!! Hope the measurements were easy to follow.

    Did it turn out yummy? Sometimes quinoa is pretty hard to make taste like anything but I think the addition of coconut milk, veggies and mushrooms should help a lot (especially if you buy the dried shiitakes b/c then the water you rehydrate them in you can add to the quinoa and that helps too) :)


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