Bitter-sweet beetroot with sexy spinach quinoa

    40 min

    This is a short and sweet, simple recipe. It's foolproof. But don't let that fool you – it's delicious; tasty and satisfying. You have my word. I found the recipe for the beetroot on and was inspired to put it with some gorgeous quinoa.


    Glamorgan, Wales, UK
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    Serves: 3 

    • 4 fresh raw beetroot
    • 2 tablespoons balsamic venegar
    • 2 tablespoons honey (or agave nectar for vegans)
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 1 orange pepper (or any colour!)
    • 1 clove of garlic, pressed or finely chopped
    • 75g fresh spinach
    • 250g quinoa (dry uncooked weight)
    • 600ml hot vegetable stock (I use gluten free bouillon powder)

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Wash and scrub your beetroot - no need to peel them. Put them in a baking tin and drizzle over the balsamic vinegar and honey/agave. Cover with tinfoil and pop in a hot oven for 30 minutes (220 C / Gas 7).
    2. Meanwhile, start the quinoa. In a large pan, gently heat the onion and pepper in a little oil for around 10 minutes, until they soften. Stir through the garlic and add the hot stock. Add the quinoa to the pan, cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
    3. When there is very little water left to be absorbed, put the spinach on top of the quinoa, cover the pan and allow it wilt for a few minutes.
    4. When the spinach is wilted, stir it through the quinoa, and serve…
    5. Take the beetroot out of the oven (it should be tender now) and serve with the quinoa – drizzle over any juices left from the beetroot pan!

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    The quinoa was quite bland and the beetroot needed to be cooked much longer but the sauce was nice.  -  10 Nov 2015