October 22, 2011

Quinoa with asparagus and toasted coconut


Thank you all for the lovely words on my previous post - I knew you'd understand! I couldn't help myself but drop in to share this tasty spring recipe with you. We have had some wonderful spring weather here in Sydney too and I've been sitting on my tiny balcony, surrounded by all the herbs, reading and enjoying lunches and numerous cups of tea. This quick and easy lunch has everything I love - quinoa, asparagus and coconut flakes which have become my best friend after quitting sugar three weeks ago. It is perfect to whip up, scoop into a bowl and savour outside in the sun.

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend too!
 
 

 Quinoa with asparagus and toasted coconut
(serves 2)

1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 1/2 cups water
pinch of sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil
2 bunches asparagus
handful (1/2 cup) unsweetened coconut flakes

1. Place the quinoa in a saucepan and pour in the water. Bring to boil, then let simmer for 10 minutes. Cover the pan with a lid and leave to sit for 5 minutes.

2. While the quinoa is cooking, toast the coconut flakes on a dry frying pan until golden. Set aside.

3. Chop the woody ends off the asparagus. Cut the remaining stems into 1 cm pieces, and leave the tips untouched. 

4. Add a splash of water in the frying pan and steam cook the asparagus stems until just tender. Set aside. Steam the tips in the same pan with a bit more water added in.

5. Fluff the quinoa and season it with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add in lemon juice and olive oil, and the cooked asparagus stems. Toss to mix and scoop on a plate. 

6. Top the dish with the asparagus tips and golden coconut flakes. Enjoy immediately.




22 comments:

  1. what a beautiful salad! I am making it for lunch soon!

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  2. I love your photography! im trying to quit on sugar too but its just so darn hard! Was good all week until last night when i had a sip of juice! I'll have to try this recipe out.

    Iva

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  3. What a simple and colorful dish! I recently made another dish also using toasted coconut flakes and quinoa but besides that our dishes are quit different. Can´t wait to give yours a try. :)

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  4. What a lovely, fresh, simple dish - I really must get some quinoa! Seriously loving the photo's, too.

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  5. A marvelous spring dish! beautiful, healthy and so enjoyable.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  6. Maria, I have had to slow down myself with blogging so I completely understand. This quinoa recipe sounds wonderful. I can't wait to try it!

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  7. Wonderful! I think it's so important to have your focus on wedding and house - exciting times ahead :)

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  8. Once again - simple (in the best way) & simply gorgeous!

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  9. ooh this looks delish! simple basic ingredients sure make it easier and healthy! thx for the inspiration:)

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  10. Mmm, delicious! And your photos are wonderful!
    Thank you for the recipe:)

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  11. Love the photos, the salad looks so light & pretty. And being spring I just can't get enough asparagus.

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  12. Most food writers describe variants on a theme! You are the ultimate original! This sounds healthy, fun and delightful: of course it will be on the menu!!

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  13. Wow, I think if I quit sugar I would go into withdrawal, lol. I think it would be worse if I tried to quit salt. I love the recipe for this fresh-looking dish, and will definitely be trying it out!

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  14. Simply stunning, Maria. And such a tease since asparagus is totally not in season right now for me!

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  15. What a truly simple and beautiful dish. Gorgeous! I love the flavors as you have them combined and the photo is stunning, as always.

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  16. Beautifully photographed, Maria! Hope you had a lovely weekend! xx

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  17. One of the MOST beautiful quinoa recipes we've seen in a while. Yum.

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  18. LOVE the addition of the coconut. What a great dish!

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  19. basic ingredients make the best dishes- love the quinoa with coconut. It sounds amazing

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  20. What a delightful lunch! You really are inspiring me to decrease sugar. I love coconut and can see how it adds a lovely sweetness.

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  21. looks lovely. I like the pale colours yu have used and it looks fresh and springy

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  22. Absolutely gorgeous! This really looks like Spring on a plate. Now my barley dinner is looking so drab in comparison!

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