Spicy Satay Quinoa
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • ½ red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 1 rib of celery, diced
  • 1-2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 rounded teaspoon red curry paste*
  • 2 rounded tablespoons chunky peanut butter
  • 1 bouillon cube (chicken or vegetable) dissolved in 1 ¼ cups water
  • ¾ cup coconut milk
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • ½ cup loosely packed Thai Basil, chopped (chiffonade)
  • 1 cup of dry quinoa
  • Sriracha Sauce for garnish (optional)
For the Sweet and Sour Cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 cup of cucumber, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup red onion, thinly sliced
  1. Begin by preparing the cucumber relish. Cut the cucumber and red onion and place in a small bowl. Combine the vinegar, sugar and hot water and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Pour over the cucumber and red onion and set aside. For the quinoa begin by cutting the carrot, pepper, celery and onion into a ¼ inch dice and sauté in 1-2 tablespoons oil until soft and beginning to brown. Add the chopped garlic and continue to sauté for a couple more minutes. Push the vegetables over to one side of the pan and add the curry paste. Fry the paste for a minute or so being careful not to burn it. Stir in the peanut butter and blend with the other ingredients in the pan. Add the water and bouillon, coconut milk and lime juice and bring to a boil. Add the quinoa, give it a stir, and return to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes or until the quinoa is tender and all the liquid has been absorbed. Do not lift the lid until at least 15 minutes or so to check on it. After that it is ok to stir if necessary to prevent sticking or scorching the bottom. After 20 minutes taste for doneness. Plate and serve with Sweet and Sour Cucumbers.
  2. *Most Thai red curry pastes are not vegetarian. Thai Kitchen brand is and it is easy to find in many major supermarkets.
Recipe by Have You Eaten, SF? at https://haveyoueatensf.com/spicy-satay-quinoa/