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Pumpkin Quinoa “Risotto”

I love that quinoa can be used in so many recipes and make a great and healthy substitute for a lot of stuff, such as rice in this case. I used the vegetable I had on hand in this recipe, a mix between fresh and frozen. You can easily substitute any of the vegetables with your favourite veggies. This makes up a delicious meal, high in protein and fiber. Enjoy.

healthy pumpkin quinoa "risotto" vegan

(Serves 4-5)

1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 tsp coconut oil
1.5 cups pumpkin puree (about 15 oz/425 grams), make your own or use canned
1 onion, chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 handful spinach, roughly chopped
1.5 cups green peas or other vegetables (I used a mix of frozen green peas and green beans)
2 carrots, peeled and chopped into small pieces
4-5 mushrooms, chopped
salt and pepper

healthy pumpkin quinoa "risotto" vegan


1. Cook the quinoa, follow the cooking instructions on the back of the package.
2. Add the coconut oil on a frying pan and start to sauté the onion and garlic, about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and carrots and continue to sauté for another 5 minutes.
3. Pour in the pumpkin puree. Bring to a boil and then turn down the heat to medium low.
4. Once the quinoa has finished cooking, add it to the pumpkin mixture as well as the remaining ingredients (green peas, spinach, salt and pepper).
5. Let it cook for a few more minutes and enjoy.

Heirloom tomato pasta sauce

This is an easy and yet so delicious pasta sauce you can whip up in about 5 minutes. It tastes delicious with or without meat. This time I served it with spicy turkey sausage mixed in the pasta sauce and whole wheat fettuccine, with a drizzle of cheese on top and a few fresh basil leaves – a perfect combination!

heirloom tomato pasta sauceWhat you need:
1 lbs/500g heirloom tomatoes (you can also use other tomatoes)
3 cloves of garlic, minced
3 tbs olive oil
1 chilli or jalapeño (optional)
a handful of fresh basil leaves
salt and pepper to taste

What you do:

1. Chop up tomatoes and mince the garlic and chilli/jalapeño. Heat up the oil in a pot. Add the garlic, stir and let it get golden brown.
2. Add the tomatoes and cook for about 5-7 min on medium heat. Add the remaining ingredients and cook for 2 more minutes.

Enjoy 🙂

heirloom tomato pasta sauce