Quinoa Recipes on Radio 2 in the UK

Radio 2 did a spot on quinoa and quinoa recipes on thursday 23rd July. The information about quinoa was excellent and the presenters, Nigel Barden, Sally Boazman & Simon Mayo really seemed to be enjoying the quinoa food. For those readers outside the UK you should know that Radio 2 is the biggest Radio station in the UK and the item was featured during the drivetime program which has millions of listeners.

They gave out 2 quinoa recipes. One of them is on this page. the other one will come in a few days time. To hear the program the link is HERE. I will leave it up as long as the link stays live.

The recipe given on the show was as follows

Debbie Coles’ Quinoa with Butternut Squash in a Tomato Sauce

From Graham’s Butchers, East Finchley N2.

Serves 4-6

Prep time 15 mins

Cooking time 40 mins


1 medium butternut squash, peeled & cubed.

2 tbsps olive oil

300g Quinoa

Salt & pepper

For the Tomato Sauce

2 tbsps olive oil

2 sliced red onions

2 cloves crushed garlic

2 tbsps fresh grated ginger

½ red chilli (keep seeds in & don’t use the little fiery ones!)

400g tin of chopped tomatoes

100ml red wine

150g plain raw cashew nuts

225ml water

2 tbsps tamari (or soy sauce)

1 tbsp maple syrup (to taste)

Handful of chopped coriander


Peel & dice the butternut squash
Mix with olive oil & add salt & pepper to taste
Roast butternut for 20-25 mins until tender on gas 180C
Meanwhile rinse the Quinoa in a fine sieve in cold water & put into boiling water (approx 1 pint – just so it’s covered) & add salt
Simmer for 15 mins, stirring occasionally, until grains expand
Slice red onions & fry in olive oil
Add garlic & ginger & cook for a few mins until soft
Add finely chopped chilli
Add red wine & simmer for a few mins to reduce slightly
Add chopped tomatoes, water, cashew nuts, tamari (or soy sauce) & maple syrup, salt & pepper to taste, & simmer for 15-20 mins
Place Quinoa in a dish with the butternut squash on top, pour over sauce & add chopped coriander.

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