What you’ll need:

1 cup of quinoa
1 tin of chickpeas
1 carrot
1/2 a cauliflower
Spice mix (I used 1tsp cumin, 1tsp coriander, and pepper)
Cottage cheese (or any soft cheese)


  1. Boil the quinoa in water until it is soft. Leave that to cool slightly.
  2. Cut up the carrots and cauliflower into chunks and put in a bowl for
    the microwave. Microwave for about 4 - 5 minutes.
  3. Drain the water out of the chickpeas and give them a little rinse.
  4. In a big pan, put in a little bit of olive oil, some spices (or just a little
    bit of salt) and then place the chickpeas. Fry for 2 minutes.
  5. Drain the vegetables and place them in the pan and stir around for
    another 2 minutes.
  6. Add the drained quinoa and stir for 2 more minutes.
  7. Serve on a plate and top with cheese, nuts and herbs or just eat plain.

Created by Renae Smith, Masterchef 2014