Remember my quinoa phase? Once I'd discovered this healthy grain, I couldn't get enough of it. The old packet of quinoa wasn't even finished before I was buying another pack, scared that I would run out. So. I currently have three packets of quinoa in the cupboard. Run out? Not likely. Better use them up, quick smart.
And another thing - do you know what's annoying (apart from an oversupply of quinoa in the cupboard)? It's when you need something for a recipe and it's not in season. I suppose that's why chefs are always on about cooking with what's available. But I can't help it, if the recipe says to use pomegranate and orange, I will search far and wide for them. Luckily, navel oranges are sweet and juicy at the moment, but poms are harder to find. Eventually I got one, imported from the other side of the world and a bit thick-skinned and pale, but found it nonetheless. This colouful dish is ready to go!
Harissa chicken meatballs with quinoa
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1/2 tblsp harissa
500g lean chicken mince
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1/2 red onion, finely sliced
1 tblsp olive oil
3 tblsp finely chopped mint
1 pomegranate, seeds removed
2 oranges, segmented and membrane removed
1. For the quinoa: Bring the water to the boil, then add some salt for flavour. Add the quinoa then cover the pan and for about 8 minutes, until the water is absorbed. Remove from the heat and set aside.
2. For the meatballs: Mix the harissa and chicken mince, chopped onion and some salt and pepper until well combined. Roll into walnut-sized balls. Heat olive oil in a large non-stick frypan and cook the meatballs for about 15 minutes, turning until golden all over and cooked through.
3. For the salad: Mix the cooked quinoa with the sliced onion, mint, pomegranate and orange segments. Drizzle with more olive oil and plenty of salt and pepper.
4. Serve the meatballs with the quinoa salad.
recipe adapted from olive
Not usually a fan of citrus in dishes, but the orange in this salad was fantastic, particularly due to its sweetness (just realised, it's a California orange). Peeling the membrane off the orange segments also makes it quite presentable.