Pesto Salmon and Quinoa

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Pesto Salmon and Quinoa

quinoa

I have to admit that until some quinona arrived on my doorstep, I had never tried it. However, I really enjoyed it and it was easy to cook too. I figured that it would be nice to use a mix of all three, as it would look pretty. The red and black also give it a bit of a crunch.

According to the leaflet in my package, quinoa is the original superfood from Peru. And here's an interesting fact for you: NASA feeds its astronauts quinoa saying "oi single foodstuff can supply all the essential nutrients necessary for life, but quinoa is the closest to any food in the vegetable or animal kingdom."

pesto salmon and quinoa


To cook two you will need:

2 pieces of Salmon
1 cup of quinoa (I used a mix of the the three I was given.)
2 spring onions
green pesto
100ml creme fraiche
1 clove garlic finely chopped

I started by steaming the Salmon in the oven by wrapping it in foil and placing at 180C for about 15 minutes.

I then cooked the quinoa. I placed 1/2 cup of the white and 1/4 cup of the red and black in a pan. I then added 2 cups of water and bought to the boil. I turned the heat down and placed the lid on the pan and left it cooking for 20 minutes.

To make the sauce I fried 3 spring onions, 1 clove of garlic and 100g spinach. I then added 2 tsp of pesto and 100ml of creme fraiche.

Place the quinoa on the plate and top with sauce and salmon.

Have you tried quinoa? What recipes would you recommend?

quinoa recipe





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