Thursday, October 27, 2011

Savory pomegranate quinoa bowl

Savory quinoa with pomegranate, basil and celery.

The star of breakfast this morning was this beauty:

 A beautifully ripe pomegranate.
I cooked up 1 cup of quinoa with some chicken broth. When the quinoa was done, I put most of it away in the fridge for another meal and kept 1 cup of the cooked quinoa in the pot.

To the quinoa I added 1 Tbsp of nutritional yeast, 1 tsp of greek yogurt and some cracked black pepper. 

I let the quinoa warm through and then added 3 fresh basil leaves, chopped fine. As soon as the basil was fragrant, I tossed in a couple of handfuls of pomegranate seeds and one stalk of celery, chopped fine. 

Then it all went into a bowl and quickly into my tummy:-)

It was an interesting dish - I liked the hint of cheesiness of the quinoa and that paired well with the cool crunch of the celery and the citrusy bite of the pomegranate and the occasional herbal burst from the basil.

I have been in what I can only describe as a 'dull' mood since I returned from my trip. 

This morning I decided I needed an exciting goal to pick up my spirits. I have decided to select some of my favorite dishes from local restaurants and remake them at home.

The first dish on my list? Mantu. 

Dumplings filled with ground lamb and onions and topped with yogurt and vegetable sauce.
I posted here about enjoying a meal of afghan food at Kabul restaurant a while back. The other day I realized that they have a restaurant in my town. Yay!

So, tomorrow I am heading over to enjoy some mantu and then I will try remaking it on Saturday. Wish me luck!

I hope everyone is having a great Thursday!


  1. Look forward to the mantu recipe!
    This blend of quinoa and pomegranate suits me deliciously also. Great blend.
    Yes, coming back from travels does have a tendency to put you on the ho hum track-hopefully you will snap out of it soon!

  2. I love quinoa.... I had it served at my wedding I like it so much. This dish sounds fantastic with the pomegranate! I can't wait to see your recreated dishes... It's nice to have the challenge, certainly conquers the dull mood. :)

  3. I want to try mantu!

    I love pomegranate seeds, but so much of a pain in my butt!

  4. Omg this looks so good. I am loving this recipe. I just got hooked on quinoa this year. I think I like it as it reminds me of nuts, and I love me some nuts. Love it paired with the pomegranate. Buzzing and adding it to my lunatic loves post for next week. This is amazing. Look forward to the restaurant redo. I've never tried doing that.

  5. Gorgeous, healhty dish. Wish I could buzz you twice!

  6. Totally added this to my list of loves this week so feel free to pop by and say hi, take a bow! lol