Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve posted a recipe. It’s been a while since I’ve even cooked a meal if I’m honest! I’ve been so busy lately, and even when I’ve been home and had a chance to cook, more often than not I’ve just thrown together a big salad or whipped out some rice cakes and the peanut butter jar (they’re best friends).
This was quite a departure from my usual quinoa cooking, which 99.9% of the time is this turmeric & ginger flavored one, but I can assure you I will definitely be making this again and again. Bursting with flavor, nutrition and also light and refreshing, this dish is perfect for a relaxed summer evening. I can already see myself making this for my family back home for a (fingers crossed) late summer BBQ on the terrace.
Ingredients – for 2 servings
- quinoa (I used 190g as that’s what I had left and I wanted to finish off the packet)
- fresh lemon juice
- dried or fresh thyme
- ca. 2/3 of a (400g net weight) packet of firm tofu, cubed
- 1 small/medium courgette
- 1 small/medium aubergine
- 1 yellow bell pepper
- ca. 6 sundried tomatoes (in olive oil, drained), chopped
- olives, as desired, thinly sliced
- olive oil
- balsamic vinegar – to drizzle on top
Place the tofu cubes into a hot pan with olive oil and salt, cooking till golden and slightly crispy. For great flavor use some of the oil from the jar of sundried tomatoes.
While this is cooking, chop the veg (courgette, aubergine, bell pepper and sundried tomatoes). Once the tofu is looking and smelling fabulous, set aside and cook the veg. Then place the tofu back into the pan with the veg, add the olives and spritz in a generous amount of balsamic vinegar.
To make the quinoa, place it in a pan with water (I eyeball it, but you need around 1.5x as much liquid), season with salt, and simmer for around 15 minutes. While it’s cooking, add some fresh lemon juice and dried and/or fresh thyme.
Once the quinoa is done, stir in the tofu-veg mix and serve garnished with fresh herbs and extra balsamic vinegar.
Simple, speedy, so delicious! Hot or cold.