I wonder what quinoa camp you fall into? Never had it, sometimes have it, had it once and didn’t like it or you’re a regular quinoa person. I must admit that it’s been a while since I’ve had quinoa but the thermomix does a super job of cooking it just right. And as much as I love my thermomix I’m not so good at using the steamer (AKA the varoma). But then I’ll use it and think wow that was fab, I need to use it more often. For this recipe your quinoa will cook within the basket and then your sweet potato will be steaming up above at the same time.
Now these ingredients were in my fridge because I planned on doing a quiche or frittata. But then I thought I better use up the quinoa at the back of the pantry. Next time I make it I am totally going to add some toasted pinenuts at the end. You can also use whatever dressing or herbs you have to hand and another delicious option if you had a bit more time would be to roast your sweet potato. And if you’re really short on time just skip the red onions and use some caramelised onion relish in a jar.
This didn’t last long at our house and a big surprise was that elodie loved it….except for the caramelised red onion! That was taken out and left on the table or chucked over her shoulder onto the floor…………………….piece by piece.
- about 250g quinoa, rinsed
- 1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
- 2 red onions, thinly sliced
- 200g danish style feta, roughly chopped
- balsamic vinegar
- 2Tbsp sugar
- olive oil
- 1Tbsp grain mustard
- honey or apple juice concentrate
- salt, pepper
- Rinse quinoa and place in TM basket and put lid on without the measuring cup. Place sweet potato in the bottom of the varoma (spread it out nicely) and place on top of your thermomix.
- Fill TM bowl with 1- 1.5L of cold water and cook for 20 minutes, speed 4, Varoma Temperature.
- Remove the basket from your TM bowl carefully and fluff up the quinoa and place in Thermoserve or a large serving bowl.
- Test sweet potato and cook for a further 10 minutes, speed 1 and Varoma temperature if needed (using the water that was in your thermomix bowl).
- Meanwhile peel and finely slice the red onions. Place in a heavy based frypan (or any old frypan will do) and add in a tablespoon or two of oil and a good bit of salt. Saute onions until soft.
- I like to add some more salt as the onions soften and cook them for at least 5-7 minutes until really soft.
- Add in a good splash of balsamic vinegar and a tablespoon of sugar. Keep stirring and reduce the heat. Cook for a few minutes or two until the onions have a delicious taste and are caramelised.
- **Combine the quinoa, sweet potato, feta and caramelised onions and give a good stir.
- Make a simple dressing of 1 part balsamic vinegar, 2 -3 parts olive oil, 1 Tbsp honey (or apple juice concentrate - I used maple syrup as I was out of everything), about a Tablespoon of mustard, salt and pepper and season to taste and add a little more oil or sweetness or mustard till you have the taste you like. Stir through the quinoa and serve.
- You can eat this hot or cold, we thought it was delicious either way.
- If you don't have a thermomix then follow the instructions for boiling about 250g quinoa. Steam the sweet potato in the microwave or boil until tender. Follow the instructions for the caramelised onion and follow from **.