African Spiced Quinoa

Today’s recipe is an African inspired recipe. I haven’t made a lot of quinoa before, only twice to be exact but I do know that it is high in protein and a great substitute for rice.

My African spiced quinoa adventure begins because we use a set amount of money for our weekly groceries so as to not go over budget. On Saturday we bought fried chicken, which wasn’t all that with our weekly grocery money leaving us with only 20,000 to last us until Thursday when we get paid. I was planning on making sausage quiche on Sunday but after adding up all the stuff I realized that if we make this one dish we have no money left for the rest of the week. Instead my husband and I decided to buy mini sausages, a frozen Pizza and 5 packets of quick cooking noodles. We ate some of the noodles on Sunday and it didn’t fill me up at all, I was craving all day long.

This morning when my husband suggested we eat the rest of the noodles since that’s what we have to eat, I just decided NO! I remembered that we still had some quinoa that I bought a while ago and decided that I would rather eat that, than more noodles 🙁

I cooked 2 cups of coconut milk and added 1 cup of quinoa. In a separate pan, I fried onion, red pepper, tomato and grated carrots with barbecue spice, peri-peri spice, ginger and curry. Once the milk cooked away I added the vegetables to the quinoa et viola!!! African spiced quinoa. It was super filling and kept me full until 6 that evening. Since my husband had his noodles there is more than enough left for me for tomorrow. Yay!



  1. Heat 2 cups of milk for every 1 cup of quinoa in a pot until it boils. Add 1 cup of quinoa and lower the heat until cooked dry.
  2. In a separate pan, heat the oil. Saute the onions and green peppers. Add the spices and stir. Lower the heat and add the tomatoes and carrots.
  3. Cook until soft
  4. Once the quinoa has cooked dry, fluff it with a fork. Add the vegetable mixture and stir until mixed
  5. Serve.



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