This is one of our favourite recipes for a main course!

Quinoa is so good for you; it’s a great source of iron, perfect on a vegetarian yoga retreat where you are doing 4 hours of yoga a day! Energy is key, and healthy energy at that. Read below and give it a try!

Ingredients

(Serves 4)

– 4 red or yellow peppers
– 1.5 organic vegetable stock cubes
– 1 heaped tsp mustard (optional)
– ½ cup broken cashews
– 2 cups quinoa cooked al dente
– 1 cup grated carrot
– 4 tsp olive oil
– 2 tsp red wine vinegar
– 4 tsp parsley, finely chopped
– Salt and pepper to taste

Method

– Preheat oven to 175 degrees C.
– Cut the centre out of the peppers by cutting the top end (where the stalk is), twisting it off and then removing the pith carefully. Place the pepper on a shallow baking tray and cook in the oven for 10 minutes, until they soften. Then remove and leave to cool.
– In a large mixing bowl mix together all the remaining ingredients and season well, remember that the peppers will draw some of that flavours out so making a little strong to begin with.
– Stuff the mixture into the peppers and return to the oven for a further 15-20 minutes until they brown on the top.
– Serve immediately or leave to cool and serve with salad either way.

Very simple and a great one if your fridge is looking a bit empty!

Quinoa has the eight essential amino acids, meaning that it can be classed as a complete protein. It also has high levels of tryptophan which plays a role in the circadian rhythm, or sleep cycle as well as mood stability.

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