Melissa’s 10 Spring Weekend Recipes

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    Hello, Melissa here, sharing 10 of my absolute favourite Springtime recipes to enjoy over the long weekend or whenever you please.  I’ve picked these out especially as they are all simple, cheerful and based on easy to get ingredients like seasonal veg, popular cupboard items and frozen produce too.     1. Chocolate Clusters Totally flexible chocolate bites – inspired by the rice krispie clusters that my Mum never let me have! Use whatever you have to hand in your cupboards; coconut flakes / seeds / chopped nuts work really well too. And look out for fairtrade chocolate. Get the recipe.     2. Asparagus Tray Bake This one pan tray bake makes use of frozen peas, broad beans or edamame if you have it in your freezer and if you can’t get asparagus yet, swap for broccoli of any kind or greens you already have. Get the recipe.     3. NEW: Broccoli & quinoa salad with pickled pink onions I love this with quinoa or len

Beetroot Quinoa Risotto

How To:

1. Ideally soak the quinoa overnight or for 8 hours in double the volume of filtered water with a pinch of salt. Drain and rinse thoroughly before cooking

2. Preheat oven to 200˚C/180˚C fan assisted/gas mark 5. Wash and quarter the beetroot. Roast for 30 – 40 mins until tender (we use a knife and fork to handle the beetroot to avoid pink fingers or wash your hands immediately to avoid a pink stain!)

3. Meanwhile, peel & finely dice the onion(s). Peel & finely chop, grate or crush 1 large or 2 smaller garlic cloves. Wash the thyme, pick the leaves off the stalks

4. Wash the celery. Finely dice it. Heat the butter in a pan over a medium heat. Add the onions and fry until softened for 8 mins, stirring occasionally

5. Add the garlic, thyme and celery to the pan. Fry for 30 secs. Add the quinoa. Squeeze in the juice from ½ the lemon. Add 600ml of water. Turn up the heat to bring to the boil, then turn down to a medium simmer. Leave to cook for 12 -15 mins until the quinoa is tender. Try a little and if not tender, leave it to cook for a few mins longer. Add more water where necessary to stop the quinoa drying out

6. Meanwhile, prepare the parsley oil by peeling 1 garlic clove, washing the parsley and putting them both in a blender. Squeeze in the juice from the other lemon half and blend everything together. Transfer to a small bowl for later, but don’t wash the blender out.

7. When the beetroot is tender, remove from the oven, leave until cool enough to handle, then peel off the skin as best you can (some skin is fine, be sure to get the knobbly harder ends off). Blend to a purée (in the same blender) with approx 4 tbsp or so of water, just enough to get it moving.

8. When the quinoa is cooked, stir through the beetroot purée. Season. Leave to simmer for 3-4 mins to warm it through, then turn off the heat. You might want to add another ladle or so of water if the risotto is getting dry as the quinoa will continue to suck up any liquid (it depends on your preference if you like your risottos a bit wetter or less so)

9. While the risotto simmers, crumble or chop the cheese. Gently fold it through the quinoa. Check the seasoning. Divide between two serving bowls. Serve each bowl with a drizzle of parsley and lemon oil.



source https://hemsleyandhemsley.com/recipe/beetroot-quinoa-risotto/

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