Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Quinoa Stuffed Courgette

As promised here's the recipe for Quinoa Stuffed Courgette! it's totally wonderful, and re-heats well, even in the microwave, i thought it wouldn't be nice reheated but i had it for Tea on Monday and Lunch on Tuesday and Lunch today! score!

Its inspired by a recipe from Emily at

Here's mine

Quinoa Stuffed Courgette

You will need:

1 large courgette
1 onion
1 small can on corn
1/2 t cumin
1/2 t chilli flakes
2 cloves of garlic
vegetable stock
zest of 1 lemon
juice of 1/2 lemon
100g quinoa
40g grated parmesan
dried parsley
salt and pepper

1. Pre heat oven to 190 degrees finely chop the garlic and put in the pan BEFORE it gets hot (this stops the garlic from catching and going bitter), then once the pan warms up add in the finely chopped onion. Fry until cooked.

2. Whilst the Onion is cooking, get the quinoa on, as per instruction on the box, boil with water and vegetable stock

3. Now whilst your onions are frying and the quinoa is boiling, top and tail the courgette

4. then scoop out the soft fleshy insides, a melon baller works best for this, but a spoon will do.

5. Add into the onions pan, your tin of corn (drained) and the soft insides of the courgette (roughly chopped).
Add in the Cumin, Chilli flakes, parsley and salt and pepper, stir in well.
6. once the quinoa is cooked add this to the onions mix, stir well and add in the lemon zest and juice and 2/3 of the grated parmesan, stir in well and taste, at this stage you can add in extra of any of your ingredients if it needs more flavour or more of a Kick!

7. Spoon the mixture into the halved courgettes on top of a tin foiled tray, and top with the remainder of the grated parmesan.

8. Bake covered in foil for approx 30 minutes, and then fold foil back for a further 10 minutes to crisp up the top.
9. Cut into servings, and serve with veg or whateva ya fancy!!

Enjoy! x


  1. Awww, I love courgette. Might be one of my fav veg. I used to be so pleased when my Mum made that for dinner ;) She does it with mince and good.
    Never tried quinoa tho. Is it like couscous?

  2. ummm its a bit like a cross between couscous and brown rice i guess, its lovely, you need to flavour it with veg stock and spices/herbs/S&P like you do couscous, you cook it like you do rice, its a wholegrain though so much better for you than couscous. x