Quinoa Seeds With Roasted Pumpkin

Let's learn how to make this sensationally delicious salad of quinoa seeds with roasted pumpkin and loads of chopped fresh parsley.

Rating: Easy
Hands-On Time: 20 minutes,
Hands-Off Time: 30
Ingredients: 5
Steps: 3


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  • Equipment: A large salad bowl
  • Butternut Squash/Pumpkin
  • Quinoa
  • Stock
  • Flat leaved parsley
  • Lemon Juice

Just 3 Steps

Step 1:

Roast the pumpkin pieces.

Step 2:

Cook the quinoa seeds.

Step 3:

Toss it all together.

Chop up the parsley and shave the Parmesan over the seeds.

And that's it!

Serve immediately.

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A Delicious Quinoa Seeds Recipe

This easy recipe makes 1 medium sized salad.


  • A large salad bowl
  • Roasted pumpkin pieces
  • Quinoa cooked in stock
  • A block of Parmesan Cheese
  • Flat leafed parsley
  • Lemon juice, salt and pepper

Just Add Part 1: Roast Pumpkin Pieces
• 1/2 medium butternut squash

• A knob of butter about 2 oz/60 gm

• 2 tbs dried chives and/or 1 ts roasted garlic

• salt and pepper to taste

• Preheat the oven to 390F/200C

• Trim the squash and remove the seeds

• Cut into large chunks

• Roll in melted butter to coat the pieces thoroughly

• Lay the pumpkin on a roasting pan and sprinkle over with seasoning, salt and pepper

• Roast at 390F/200C for 30 minutes

• Remove from the oven, cool then cut into 1/2 inch chunks

Just Add Part 2: Cook the quinoa
• 1 cup quinoa grains

• 2 cups water

• 2 heaped ts stock powder

• Cook the quinoa with water and stock. Bring to the boil

• Immediately turn the heat down to a low simmer till all the water is absorbed as in the tutorial

• Keep the lid covered for a further 5 - 10 minutes after the heat's been turned off, then fluff with a fork

Just Add Part 3: Toss Together
• 1 cup freshly shaved Parmesan slices

• 1 cup chopped flat leaved parsley

• The roasted pumpkin pieces cut into cubes

• The cooked quinoa seeds

• 1 tbs lemon juice

• Place the quinoa and roasted pumpkin pieces into the serving bowl

• Add in all the chopped parsley

• Sprinkle over lemon juice

• Toss well

• Shave the block of Parmesan cheese directly over the salad so that all the shavings and crumbs are incorporated with the seeds

• Combine lightly and serve

Tips To Make Recipes Easy

The recommended proportions on the packet are usually 3 cups of water to 1 cup of seeds. I find this is makes the cooked quinoa too gluggy. For a salad, a drier result is preferable so 2 to 2 1/2 cups of water or stock are better proportions

Substitute Regianno Cheese for Parmesan if desired.

For easy cooking, where recipes call for water with stock powder, it's easy to substitute with store-bought pre-made stock. It's delicious although a more expensive option.

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