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quinoa & asparagus bowl

quinoa & asparagus bowl

A great way to make the most of the asparagus season. If the short asparagus season is over then substitute with broccolini. I have been enjoying this for lunch recently. The portion is a hearty one, but after a dog walk and a session at the gym I feel I deserve it!



Serves one heartily


1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 leeks thinly sliced
3 stalk of celery, cut into small slices
1 teaspoon of vegetable curry powder. We like Steenberg's
135g quinoa
juice of 1 lemon
375ml water
10 stalks asparagus
1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds



  • Heat the coconut oil in a sauté pan.

  • Add the leeks and celery and cook until soft.

  • Add the curry powder and stir.

  • Add the quinoa and cook for a few minutes, allowing it to pop to give it a good flavour.

  • Add the juice of the lemon and cook until absorbed.

  • Now add the water and the asparagus.

  • Stir, then put a lid on the pan and cook at a very gentle heat until the water is all absorbed.

  • Serve in a bowl with the pumpkin seeds scattered on top.


The Health Boost Tip

Quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids meaning it is a complete protein source. It is rich in photonutrients, providing a significant amount of antioxidants. Quinoa is a great grain substitute for those following a gluten free diet (it's not technically a grain, but a grass) and has a low-allergy potential with a relatively high digestibility.

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