You can spend hours on dinner, use a dozen different ingredients, follow a million different steps - but the truth is, sometimes the best dinners are the simplest ones.
One of Jesse's favourite dinners is this quinoa bowl. It's actually quite funny that this is one of his favourites as he used to despise quinoa - simply because it was different. Then he saw me eating this a few times and asked if I could make it for the both of us and he's been hooked ever since.
The ingredients in the bowl change, however, quinoa, roasted pumpkin and feta always remain the constant because it's a combination you just can't go wrong with.
On nights where we're busier, I'll make up a big batch of quinoa on the weekend and either keep it in the fridge for a quick dinner base or freeze portions so they're ready when I need them. That way, all I have to do is roast the pumpkin and put everything together!
But let me share the recipe with you so you can whip up a bowl yourself! >>
Roasted Pumpkin and Feta Quinoa Bowls
easily adaptable - serves as many as you'd like!
low fat, gluten free, vegetarian, clean eating friendly
- The recipe is written as per one serve, however, this is easily multiplied to make as many serves as you like! -
1 serve quinoa, cooked according to package directions
~100-150g peeled butternut pumpkin/squash
Salt and pepper
Seasonings of your choice (we usually use garlic, parsley, basil and oregano)
~1/4 cup feta, crumbled
Optional add ins; Grilled chicken breast, avocado, roasted chickpeas, additional veggies
- Preheat your oven to 200C/390F
- Line a baking sheet with baking paper and set aside
- Cut your pumpkin into cubes, season with salt and pepper and the seasonings of your choice and place onto your baking tray*
- Bake your pumpkin for 15-30 minutes, depending on size, or until your pumpkin is soft in the middle and browned on the outside. If you're wanting to add roasted chickpeas to your bowl, add these in with the pumpkin.
- Meanwhile, whilst your pumpkin is baking, cook your quinoa if you haven't already. If you're adding grilled chicken or other meats you may want to cook these now as well so you're ready to assemble.
- Once your pumpkin is cooked and all of your other ingredients are ready, it's time to assemble your bowls! I like to layer my bowls with different sections of ingredients whilst Jesse likes his mixed together - the choice is yours!
- Get creative and add whatever your heart desires - baby spinach leaves, steamed asparagus, crunchy roasted chickpeas, tender grilled chicken breast, creamy avocado - the possibilities are endless! One of the best things about these bowls is that you get an awesome mix of textures and flavour!
*You'll notice I don't use oil here when roasting the pumpkin, however, you are more than welcome to add in olive oil, coconut oil or an oil of your choice if you wish. We first started eating this during my very early days of coeliac diagnosis when I had even more food intolerances than I do now. I couldn't tolerate any oils at the time so I started roasting vegetables without oil and we actually came to prefer them made that way!
But tell me, what are some dinner favourites in your house?
And what's your favourite simple, quick and easy dish?