I’m always looking for quick and easy recipes that you can make in a large batch so that there’s plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day, and this recipe ticks all the boxes. Plus with the addition of a tone of veggies and the quinoa, it is a fertility health nourishing dish that you can’t go wrong with.
Quinoa is technically a seed but is generally classified as a whole grain. This magic little seed is nutrient dense with it packing a huge punch with a whole lot of protein, fibre, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, folate, copper, iron, zinc, potassium, vitamins B1, B2 & B6, and small amounts of calcium, B3 (niacin) and vitamin E.
When wanting to optimise your fertility health it is so important to cut out the gluten as it is highly inflammatory to the reproductive system and should be completely avoided for those struggling to conceive. However, when first faced with having to eliminate this Western diet staple, it can be hard to know what to use as a substitute, and quinoa is one great option for those needing to reduce their gluten intake. Although quinoa is still classified as a grain, it does not contain any gluten so is a grain that can be incorporated into a health and hormone nourishing diet. Aim to use organic quinoa and ingredients where possible to minimise toxins in the body, especially within the reproductive system.
Now lets get cooking..
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, sliced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 red capsicum, diced
- 1 green capsicum, diced
- 1 yellow or orange capsicum, diced
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 dozen asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into small pieces
- 1 1/2 cups uncooked quinoa, rinsed
- 1 tsp sweet paprika
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth or water with 2 tsp of bouillon powder
- 1/2 cup water or vegetable broth
- 1 lemon sliced into rings
- Plenty of chopped parsley for garnish
- Heat olive oil in an oven proof 12 inch round pan. Sauté onions and garlic over medium heat for 4 minutes, stirring often. Add diced capsicums and 1/2 tsp salt and continue cooking for 5 minutes, stirring often.
- Add tomato paste and asparagus, mix well and cook for another 2 minutes
- Add quinoa, paprika, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper and sauté with the vegetables for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add 1 1/2 cups of vegetable broth (or water and bouillon). Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer, uncovered, for 25 minutes. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 190c
- Add 1/2 cup of water or vegetable broth, mix well and transfer to the pan to the oven. Bake for 10 minutes. Garnish with parsley and cooked or raw lemon slices before serving
I found this recipe online and tweaked it a little to be more to my liking.. Feel free to chop and change the vegetables, spices and herbs in almost any combination each time or stick to your favourites. This is the dish I make when I want to use up a heap of veggies that haven’t been eaten in my fridge. Often you’ll find silverbeet, kale, broccoli, zucchini, coriander and lime in my many versions of this dish. If you don’t have an oven proof round pan just cook in any old pot on the stove and transfer into an oven safe dish for the finish bake. Learn more about our IVF Support Program or Natural Fertility Support Program here.
Leigh is the founder and primary practitioner at Spring Acupuncture, Fertility and Pregnancy Clinic. She is a passionate and qualified acupuncturist and expert in natural fertility, IVF support, pregnancy and women’s health.
Leigh has worked many years as an Anaesthetic Technician at the Mater Mothers and Adults Hospital here in Brisbane and is currently completing her Masters in Reproductive Medicine through the University of New South Wales. Through combining her vast Western and Eastern medical knowledge, Leigh is able to assist her clients to achieve their fertility and health goals. Leigh strongly believes that through optimizing your health on a physical, physiological and psychological level you will be in the best state possible as you travel along your personal fertility journey.
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