Thursday, 7 May 2015

Quirky Quinoa

Alongside being someone who loves visiting restaurants, I am someone who loves making food and putting together random ingredients from my basic student cupboard and fridge to create yummy vegetarian food. Its coming closer to returning back home for the summer to london and holidays are approaching. Spending less is the idea. Heres something that I tried yesterday which was surprisingly successful.

Ingredients
- 2 Small brown onions
- Green chillies
- Handful of mushrooms
- Quinoa
- Salt
- Pepper
- Lemon
- Chickpeas
- White Breadcrumbs 
- Mozzarella
- 2 Spoonfuls of red pesto
- Cherry tomatoes (Optional)
- Spinach (Optional)

1. Place small cube sized mushrooms and onions into a mixing bowl and add half a tin of chickpeas and your chillies.

2. Mash the mixture whilst adding salt, black pepper and oil into the mixture and stir it all up until its made into a paste. Then squeeze some lemon into the paste.

3. In a saucepan boil your quinoa ( and spinach in a separate pan if wanted) 

4. Mix the water drained quinoa and mozzarella into the paste and mix whilst slowly adding pesto until mixture is light red coloured.

5. Place spoonfuls of the mixture into small circles on to the frying pan coating the top with breadcrumbs as you turn. 

6. Once you have made approx 6-7 crumbling balls of the pasta which is golden brown and cooked, place them in a bowl and gently break them a part. 

* The reasoning behind moulding them into circles before breaking them a part is so that  it allows the breadcrumbs to give some crunch throughout. Add cherry tomatoes if you like!

7. Enjoy!

SERVING SUGGESTIONS: Try in a pitta accompanied with salad.