Root Vegetables Quinoa Bowl

Root Vegetables Quinoa Bowl

 

Sticking to seasonal produce in winter isn’t always a walk in the vegetable garden, the variety is limited, but if there’s one thing you can count on, it’s root vegetables, and Switzerland has plenty of it. Continue reading

They are not an exclusively winter produce, so this recipe can easily be done all year round. One thing I find works particularly well with such ingredients is adding a little sweetness; so after roasting them, I added a drizzle of maple sugar (for the quantities I quickly checked on the saveur site). For this post I wanted to have a nice flavour combination, so to complement the vegetables, I made a lemony quinoa with the added crunch of hazelnuts. On top I crumbled some goat cheese because it added some freshness to the dish, but it’s something you can easily replace with some chicken breast or even skip the animal proteins altogether (which is how I made it the first time I tried this recipe out). I had this as a main dish, after a smoked salmon based apéritif and it was enough, but if you’re hungry, I’d suggest either serving this as a side or using the ratios below for 2-3 people.

Root Vegetables Quinoa BowlRoot Vegetables Quinoa Bowl

 

Root Vegetables Quinoa Bowl

 

Recipe for 4

Cook time: 20-25 min

Prep time: 15-20 min

 

Ingredients

440 g cooked quinoa (made from 240g uncooked quinoa)

400 g peeled carrots

400 g peeled parsnips

3-4 tbsp. maple syrup

1 onion

1 lemon – juice and zest finely grated

2 tbsp. thyme leaves

2 tbsp. chopped parsley

4 tbsp. dry roasted hazelnuts

4 tbsp. olive oil

100g fresh goat cheese

Salt and pepper

 

Recipe

Pre-heat oven at 210°C.

Cut the carrots and parsnips into 2-2.5 cm chunks and place them in a baking tray. Drizzle them with 2 tbsp. olive oil, season with salt and pepper to taste and toss. Bake in the oven for 20-25 min, turning the ingredients once or twice during the process.

Meanwhile roughly chop the hazelnuts.

Finely chop the onion and add it to a pan with 2 tbsp. olive oil and cook on a low-medium fire until translucent, about 4-5 min. Add the thyme, zest and lemon juice and cook for a few seconds before adding the quinoa. Mix all the ingredients and cook until warmed through, stirring regularly. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from fire; add the hazelnuts and parsley and mix.

Now that the root vegetables are nicely coloured, drizzle over the maple syrup and toss.

In each bowl, place ¼ of the quinoa and ¼ of the parsnips/carrots. With your hands crumble the goat cheese and evenly distribute it.

 

Grilled Asparagus with Hazelnut and Rosemary Dressing

Grilled Asparagus with Hazelnut and Rosemary DressingIt’s always nice when spring comes and you can find more and more varieties of vegetables that don’t come from another continent where they have probably travelled for weeks. It’s asparagus season and I can’t find any reason not to enjoy it. I love the classic combination of asparagus and egg, but it’s always nice to taste and try out other combinations too. This week decided I’d have my asparagus with a tangy vinaigrette and a little cheese to make it richer.
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The ancient Greeks and Romans already used the technique of mixing vinegar and oil to dress vegetables. The term ‘vinaigrette’ came much later. In the English language, it was in 1699 that John Evelin is thought to be the first to write about the cold sauce in his book Acetaria (source: http://www.kitchenproject.com/history/SaladDressing/Vinaigrette-History.htm ).


Grilled Asparagus with Hazelnut and Rosemary Dressing

Recipe for 2 people:

Prep.Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 5 min

 


Ingredients:

400g asparagus

3tsp olive oil

Salt and pepper

1 garlic clove

1tsp rosemary leaves

1 ½ tbsp hazelnut oil

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp gruyere flakes

1 ½ tbsp dry roasted hazelnuts


Recipe:

 

Heat a griddle pan or if you don’t have one use a normal non stick pan.

Pour 2 tsp of olive oil on the asparagus and make sure they are evenly coated. Add salt and pepper.

Place the asparagus in the heated pan and let them colour for 3-6 min (this will depend on the size of the asparagus). Turn the asparagus on the other side and brown for another 3-6 min.

In a blender put the peeled garlic clove with the rosemary and mix. Place the blended ingredients in a bowl and add the hazelnut oil, the tsp of olive oil, the balsamic vinegar and the salt and pepper. Mix.

Roughly chop the hazelnuts.

Plate the asparagus and while it is still warm pour the vinaigrette on top, sprinkle over the cheese flakes and the chopped hazelnuts. Serve with some fresh bread.