Recipe: Spicy Coconut Curried Quinoa

If I lived alone and only cooked for myself I'd probably eat less meat.  J is a real lover of meat and so am I. So, while he is away I decided that while indulging in my secret single behaviors (SSBs,) I would be vegan, give up caffeine and alcohol the entire time! Yes, all at once. It is a bit Crazy but "Who 'gon stop me?" Since I'm flying solo this recipe is for one serving (if you are on the verge of collapse like I was when I made it) or one and a half for regular hunger. If you're so inclined to make it for two or more then it's easy math to increase the measurement of each ingredient. Well, I'm hoping it's easy math for you but if it's not, no judgment. I'm just here about the food...

What you'll need to make Spicy Coconut Curried Quinoa

  • 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil (It is still a little chilly so my coconut oil is still almost solid. I'm not sure about the ratio of  solid to liquid but I'm guessing it's not 1-to-1. I could be wrong.)
  • 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced  green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced ( I love garlic, if you don't then you probably won't like my food.)
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder (I used an Indian curry but I suspect any curry powder will do.)
  • 1/4 cup garbanzo bean
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (cook quinoa according to product packaging)
  • 2 cups of baby arugula
  • 3 tablespoons coconut milk (I used the Trader Joe's original for drinking. Any canned coconut milk will be more flavourful and rich.  Why didn't I use that? Hmm...this one was handy.)
  • 2 teaspoons pepper sauce (I make my own from a variety of roasted peppers but I think Sriracha or any other flavorful hot sauce will work great.)
  • Salt to taste

How to Make Spicy Coconut Curried Quinoa

In large skillet over medium heat, heat coconut oil, add bell peppers, onions and sauté for about two minute. Add garlic, garbanzo beans and curry powder and sauté for about another two to three minutes.

Add quinoa and stir until all ingredients are combined. Add coconut milk, pepper sauce and salt and cook through for another two minutes.

Once all ingredients are thoroughly heated add arugula and combine, remove from heat and serve immediately...or maybe not, it's great hot or cold. Totally up to you.  I ate a great deal of mine directly from the pot because I was at death's door.

Here's what made it to the plate...

Estimated Nutritional Info according to myfitnesspal:

Posted on May 17, 2013 and filed under Recipe, Vegan.