Quinoa and vegetable stew

I got this recipe from Yvette and Andre, who are both lovely people and vegans with a taste for good food. Andre actually blogs about what he eats as a vegan.

This stew thickens as it sits, to loosen it up, introduce additional warm vegetable broth as needed before serving. Be sure to rinse and dry the quinoa to remove its bitter coating (known as saponin) before cooking.

Ingredients (for 6)

  • onion, chopped fine
  • 1 red bell pepper, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 tblsp paprika powder
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 12 tsp ground cumin
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 pound red potatoes, cut into 1cm pieces
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and dried
  • 1 cup corn
  • 2 tomatoes, without the core, chopped coarse
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 12 cup cilantro, minced
  • 1 avocado, diced


Heavy (cast iron) pan with a fitting lid.


Combine onion, bell pepper, oil and some salt in the heavy pan. Cover, cook and stir until soft (8 - 10 minutes).

Add garlic, paprika, coriander, cumin. Cook until fragrant (30 seconds).

Add in broth and potatoes and bring to a boil. Let this simmer for 10 minutes.

Add quinoa and simmer for another 8 minutes. Add corn and simmer again until the potatoes and quinoa are perfectly tender (5-7 minutes). Add tomatoes and peas and heat through.

Take it off of the heat. Add cilantro, seasons with salt and pepper.

Add avocado as garnish.

Source: Yvette and Andre, they also got it from somewhere :-)