I just realised that there has been a run of sweet treats featuring on this blog lately. But, I promise, that we do eat more than muffins, crumble and friands. Most of the time. And when I received this book as a birthday gift from my sister in law last week (she knows me too well)… Well I wasted no time in declaring this week to be a quinoa kind of week. Our first dish….. Quinoa lasagne! Although given that it contains no pasta sheets, it is probably better described as a Quinoa bake. I started by making a bolognaise sauce, using minced beef, tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic and white wine. Simmered most of the afternoon until thick and rich. Followed by my favourite “cheese” sauce, combining ricotta, eggs, and grated parmesan. Then with a few cups of cooked quinoa, sliced zucchini and fresh basil… We were ready to layer. Quinoa… Zucchini and basil… Meat sauce and ricotta sauce… Repeated and finished with a sprinkle of grated mozzarella. Baked until brown and bubbly on top. Sliced and served alongside some crunchy greens… And our quinoa meal was complete! This had all the flavours of a lasagne – just minus the pasta. Making it a protein-packed gluten free alternative to the original. It also yielded a lot – enough to feed us both for 3 nights. So the added bonus being that we could just ‘reheat and eat’ when Charlotte went to bed. A win win all around. What about you? What is your favourite way to use quinoa?
9 thoughts on “Its been a quinoa kind of week”
I'm just starting to get into quinoa so don't have a favourite yet – this looks delicious though!
What a great idea, that looks yummy. I like my quinoa in salads, with pumpkin and pinenuts 🙂
I love making sweet quinoa porridge, with nut butter. Am I obvious or what? This looks great though 🙂
This looks delicious! What a great cook book – I'll look forward to seeing what else you make out of it 🙂 I am still in the 'cook like rice' stage of quinoa 😛
It always amazes me that you can make meat dishes look appeal to (vegetarian) me :-). Might have to track down that book as I love quinoa.
oh my gosh, these looks amazing! what a creative idea!
I seem to go on and off quinoa but I have suddenly started using it again lately – trying some sausage rolls with quinoa – could be the start of a beautiful thing if they work – – love your golden brown top on the lasagna
i must try this, i really love quinoa and it sounds like a great alternative.
I love dishes that feed you for several nights in a row! 😀