Sunset Red Beetroot & Orange Quinoa


Hi Everyone,

It’s winter here in South Africa and that means we have LOTS of beetroots and LOTS of Oranges. It amazes me that the food we find in abundance during the seasons is exactly the food we need for optimum health. I mean seriously, doesn’t it make you feel good to know that if you get sick there are oodles of oranges available for you to juice and get your immunity back on track? Doesn’t it make you want to jump up and down for joy to know that in this sometimes-crazy world we live in, nature at least, has our backs? It’s just another reason that contributes to my fondness for fresh and local produce.

For ages now I have been dreaming of making an explosive, sweet beetroot sauce. My days were filled by thoughts of turning some unsuspecting grain into a confused red and purple haze. After much mulling over, I decided to make quinoa the object of my affection – and so, the Sunset Red Beetroot and Orange Quinoa dish was born! How did the orange come into play, you might be wondering? Well besides the fact that there are loads of them at the moment and that beetroots and oranges just look awesome together, oranges also compliment the sweetness of the beetroot and the raw honey used in this dish.

The best part about this dish is that it’s simple to make, clocking in at about 15-20 minutes. So there are no more excuses that you didn’t have time to prepare lunch. You just need to whip up the courage to get in the kitchen and start getting creative with plant based foods. Once you have a repertoire of about 10-15 quick fix dishes, the work-canteen will begin to feel like some long forgotten nightmare.

A Bit About Beetroot

For my fellow anemics out there, you’ll be pleased to know that beetroot is a blood builder. It’s loaded with folic acid, which you’ll be missing if you suffer from folic deficiency anemia. Folic acid is a B vitamin that helps your body make new red blood cells. Your body needs red blood cells to carry oxygen in the body. Most people know whether they are anemic or not, what a lot of people don’t know is what type of anemia they have. You get your well-known iron deficiency anemia, which you’ll likely get told you have if you are paler in complexion. There are however other types, like megaloblastic anemia and pernicious anemia related to B12 deficiency and absorption problems. So it’s worth having a blood test done if you are feeling weak and fatigued and are wondering if you’ve lost the plot. Short term supplementation prescribed by trusted health care professional should be enough to get you back on track, and don’t forget to eat your beets!

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2 C H20
1 C Quinoa
a few cracks salt
1 T Coconut oil
1½ T tamari
1 T honey

For the Sauce
¼ Beetroot, medium sized
½ C olive oil
½ an Orange
2 cloves garlic
½ Lemon, juiced
1 T Honey
¼ t cayenne pepper
¼ t garam masala
½ t cumin powder
A pinch salt

For the Garnish
Rocket, a few sprigs
½ C Walnuts, toasted
Sesame seeds, a few sprinkles
½ an Orange, cut into slithers

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Rinse the quinoa 2-3 times in the pot you are cooking it in, draining it with a sieve. Add 2 cups fresh water, and about a teaspoon of sea salt. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes until cooked.

Quinoa is super absorptive, and will absorb the water and any other ingredients you add towards the end of its cooking process. When the quinoa is almost done (only a little water remaining) add the coconut oil, tamari, honey and salt. I find this little combo really spices things up and makes for a nice base for your remaining ingredients.

While the quinoa is cooking, make the beetroot sauce by adding all the sauce ingredients to a high-speed blender and blitz until a smooth consistency is reached and the sauce becomes a satisfactory pink sunset colour.

Cut the orange into slivers, lightly grill the walnut halves for about 5-10 minutes, and wash and rinse your rocket.

Grate the remaining beetroot and plate it, add the sauce straight into the quinoa pot and mix the two together, then layer on top of the grated beetroot. Finish the dish by garnishing with orange slivers, walnuts, fresh rocket and sesame seeds.


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And there you go… A simple quick fix meal to support you for another day!

Romes x

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