Roast Squash with Spicy Quinoa
Quinoa is an incredibly nutritious grain that can be substituted for pasta or rice. What sets it apart from other grains is that it has an unusually high level of protein in it. Most plant based foods can not be classed as a complete protein, as they don’t contain all 9 of the essential amino acids that our bodies require. Quinoa does. This is why this recipe could quite easily be served without meat and still be well balanced, providing many of the nutrients we need. If I feel i’m still needing more protein, if it has been a particularly big training day or I’m just needing a boost, then I usually serve it with some steak. This time, however, I had some salmon that I wanted to use so I added the fillets to the squash in the roasting dish with 10 minutes to go and I thought it worked really well. If I wasn’t serving it with extra protein on the side, then I would add some beans and sweetcorn in to the quinoa mix when I add the quinoa to the pan.