Serves 2 | Prep 5 mins | Cook 15-20 mins

Side Dish / Gluten Free / Iron Packed / Digestion Helper

This is a recipe that manifested out of me suddenly realising I had forgotten an essential ingredient whilst at the shop for the original side dish I had planned! My forgetfulness and inability to stick to a list has often landed me in prime opportunities for a creative quickie in the kitchen. The crunchy quinoa and pistachios are tossed with silky earthy beetroot and fresh parsley. The natural flavours of this dish are essentially earthy & mellow, so this would be best suited with the main part of the meal having a sharp distinctive flavour. Why not try it with Lemon & Garlic Roasted Halloumi.

BLACK QUINOA – Quinoa is a fantastic source of protein, especially for those that avoid eating meats. Quinoa is classed as a complete protein, meaning that it contains all 10 essential amino acids which you can normally only find within animal product. As well as providing a good supply of dietary fibre, (1 cup of) black quinoa will also supply 20% of your daily intake of folate (a B-vitamin essential for skin, liver, eyes, and hair), and 15% of Iron (red blood cells need this to carry oxygen around in the body). (SOURCE: )

BEETROOT- Beetroot are high in potassium, magnesium, iron, vitamin A, B6, C, folic acid and anti-oxidants. (SOURCE ) The nitrates in beetroot help lower blood pressure and may help heart disease. (SOURCE )

PISTACHIOS – Rich in mono-unsaturated fats like oleic acid make the pistachio nut a good source of anti-oxidants. Pistachio nuts also contain carotenes, vitamin E, polyphenolic anti-oxidant compounds which help remove free-radicals from the body. They are also rich in the essentials for boosting our immune system; copper, manganese, iron, zinc and selenium. (SOURCE: )

Pistachios also contain potassium which will work alongside the fibre in the quinoa to aid healthy digestion.

PARSLEY – The vitamin C content is higher than oranges (53% of your recommended daily intake in 30g of fresh parsley). Within the same 30g you will get 553% of your daily intake for vitamin K (healthy bones). It’s packed full of antioxidants, vitamin A, folate, iron. and can help neutralize carcinogens. It’s also great at neutralizing garlic breath! (SOURCE: )

Containing a high amount of enzymes, parsley benefits healthy digestive activity .



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150g black quinoa

150g beetroot, cooked in natural juices, cubed

30g pistachios, bashed

Bunch fresh parsley, finely chopped

Olive oil

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Pinch of pepper




  1. Cook the quinoa according to packet instructions in simmering water (15-20 mins).
  2. Drain the quinoa and rinse under the cold tap in a sieve.
  3. Mix together all the ingredients in a bowl along with a tablespoon of olive oil. Serve.
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