Sweet Potato, Quinoa & Bean Chilli with British Quinoa Lemon & Herb

Did you know that Quinoa is grown in the UK? I’m very excited to tell you about local company The British Quinoa Company who are producing some fantastic products in beautiful Shropshire. Lots of information and a super delicious recipe for you below…

British Quinoa is the leading grower of quinoa in the UK, based in Shropshire, where I lived when I was younger. Growing quinoa in the UK is still relatively new, but Stephen, the founder of The British Quinoa Company has been lovingly refining the process for a decade, trialling 30 or so varieties.

Did you know quinoa is actually a seed rather than a grain? Although it’s eaten in a similar way to rice or couscous, it’s more closely related to beets and spinach.

All of British Quinoa’s crops are grown in the UK, mostly in Shropshire and you can find organic options on their website. You might notice it’s a little darker than other quinoa you may have seen? This is because they leave the outer bran on the seed, making wholegrain, meaning even more nutritional minerals and fibre.

Even their ready to eat pouches are the result of 3 years of careful testing and tweaking – Making it easy for people who are in a rush, or looking for a simple solution. Incidentally, their lovely packaging features my photography – I’m very proud of that! 

Quinoa sometimes still gets labelled as a new super food, but I’m not alone in thinking it’s here to stay. Its nutty taste is quite unique and is a super gluten-free alternative to wheat. It’s also high in fibre and protein with all the essential amino acids.

It’s versatile too, you can get creative with quinoa, sweet, or savoury. One of my favourite quinoa dishes is this Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Bean Chilli recipe. Created with their lemon & herb ready to eat pouch – recipe below.

I created this super delicious quinoa, sweet potato & bean chilli using British Quinoa Lemon & Herb which works so well. I’ve packed tons of veggies, sweet potato, beans and quinoa into this nutritional power house of a chilli.  I think the key to a really good chilli is the extras, all the things that go with it to make the meal really amazing ie; Topping with avocado and serving with hummus, flatbreads etc. It’s all about the layering of different textures and flavours and then scooping everything up together. 

I hope you enjoy this super delicious chilli and learning about this inspiring UK producer x

You can find the full range of the ready to eat pouches in Sainsburys!


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Info

 

  4 servings
  20 minutes preparation time
   cook time

Ingredients

  • 1 onion chopped 
  • 2 tbsp olive oil 
  • 4 cloves garlic sliced 
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds 
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika 
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1/2 oregano 
  • 1/2 tsp  smoked garlic powder (optional) 
  • 2 tsp rose harissa paste 
  • 5 ripe tomatoes chopped 
  • 2 cups  500ml  veg stock 
  • 1 courgette chopped into cubes 
  • 1 sweet potatoes peeled and chopped into cubes 
  • 1 organic peppers chopped 
  • 1 can butter beans 
  • 1 can black beans 
  • 1 pack British Quinoa lemon and herb 
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt 
  • Black pepper 
  • 1 tsp maple syrup 
  • Juice 1/2 lime

Toppings;

  • Coriander 
  • 1 Avocado sliced 

Directions

  1. Add the oil to your saucepan on a medium heat then add in the onion. Fry for 8-10 minutes until soft. Add in the garlic and spices and cook for a further few minutes then add in the veg to your pan and fry for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Next add the harissa paste and stir to combine.
  3. Then add in the veg, stock and simmer for 10 minutes. Covered.
  4. Add the beans and quinoa, stir and cook for another 15 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and pepper, then add the maple syrup and lime.
  6. Stir in coriander to serve.
  7. Top with sliced avocado. 
Serve with hummus & flatbreads 
 

4 Comments

  1. Marine on March 3, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    Sorry, I am confused as when you had the veg stock! Seems very yammy!

    • Niki on April 17, 2019 at 10:08 pm

      Hi Marine
      Amended, at the same time as the veg.
      My best
      Niki xx

  2. Jenny on May 5, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    No kale in the ingredients list..?

    • Niki on July 28, 2019 at 10:23 am

      Hi Jenny
      Yes thats correct.
      Love
      Niki x

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