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Mediterranean Quinoa with Tahini

Recipe posted on: 3 August 2010

Mediterranean Quinoa with Tahini

Recipe information

Serves: 4
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

Recipe nutrition

Calories: 271
Carbs: 36 grams
Protein: 9.6 grams
Fat: 11.4 grams

This recipe is high in vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, calcium, iron, manganese and fibre. It's really delicious, simple to make, low in calories, very low in sodium, low in carbohydrates and very good for you. A perfect vegan recipe for everyone, that is really easy to make.


  • 130g organic quinoa
  • 1 cup organic shallot, finely diced
  • 2 cups okra sliced julienne
  • 1 cup organic eggplant thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup capsicum, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons organic sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons organic tahini, unhulled
  • 2 tablespoons organic, cold pressed olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground (sweet) paprika


  1. Add 1.5 cups of water, some olive oil and a pinch of salt into a stainless steel pan and add the quinoa and bring to the boil.
  2. When the quinoa water has come to the boil, bring it to a simmer for 10 minutes, then remove from heat and set aside, covered until ready to serve.
  3. Add the olive oil and shallots to a stainless steel or cast iron pan and cook until slightly transluscent.
  4. Add the okra, eggplant and the capsicum and cook for a further 5-6 minutes. Add some water if necessary, a little at a time and stir constantly (the eggplant will need it). Add a small pinch of salt to taste until the eggplant and okra are almost cooked.
  5. Add the capsicum and spices (ground cumin, ground coriander, ground sweet paprika) and cook 1-2 minutes.
  6. Serve the cooked vegetables on top of the quinoa. Add some of the pine nuts and sesame seeds and drizzle with the tahini.

Quinoa is a complete protein - it provides all the 9 essential amino acids.

  Nutrition Information Amount % Daily
Calories 271 13.6%
Calories from fat 102 16.8%
Total fat 11.4 g 17.0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 21 mg 9.0%
Carbohydrate 36 g 12.0%
Dietary fibre 5.6 g 22.0%
Sugars 1.8 g n/a
Protein 9.6 g 16.0%
The % daily values are based on a diet of 2000 calories per day
These are approximate values.


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