Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Quin-What's for Dinner?

Spicy Spinach & Butternut Curry over Quinoa
Chicken or extra firm tofu works well in this recipe as an addition

2 TBLS sesame oil
1 TBLS mustard seed
1 lb. butternut or pumpkin, peeled, seeded & cut into 1 inch cubes
1 onion, finely sliced
2 cloves garlic
1 inch fresh ground ginger, peeled & grated
1 tsp turmeric
2 TBLS curry powder
2 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes, drained
1 ½ cups unsweetened or plain So Delicious brand coconut milk, (typically found in refrigerator section next to other plant milks)
1 16 oz package of fresh baby spinach
Pinch of cumin
Sea salt & fresh ground pepper to taste

Heat oil in a non-stick skillet or wok, add mustard seeds, and stir-fry until they pop. Add ½ the butternut squash or pumpkin and all the onions & stir-fry gently until the onions are softened & translucent. Add chicken or tofu if using. Add the garlic, ginger, turmeric, curry powder, salt & pepper and stir-fry for 1 minute.

Add tomatoes, remaining butternut or pumpkin and the coconut milk. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, and simmer, covered for 20 minutes, or until tender.

Add cumin and spinach, cover with lid, and steam for 2 minutes until the leaves collapse. Serve over Quinoa.

Quinoa: Add 1cup quinoa to 2 cups boiling water. Bring back to a boil, reduce heat & simmer 12 minutes. Turn off heat & let set covered 15 minutes. Serve spinach and butternut curry over quinoa.


  1. Erin, sounds awesome and easy! Can't wait to try!

  2. I'm making this over the weekend!!! YUMMY!