Saffron Quinoa with Chicken GF DF Low

Serves 6


  • 2 cups tri-coloured quinoa
  • ½ tsp saffron threads
  • 1 small leek
  • 4 brussel sprouts
  • 2 celery stalks
  • ¼ cup chopped cashews
  • 1 cup pre-cooked, shredded chicken. Increase or decrease chicken to taste.
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ cup chopped fresh chives
  • 1 peeled pear finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. Nuttelex
  • 1Tblsp brown sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 Tbsp. Rice bran oil to cook


  • Crush the saffron threads with the head of a spoon and put into a coffee mug. Add 1 tbsp. hot water, swirl and leave to steep
  • Finely chop the leek, brussel sprouts and celery and add to a fry pan with the oil to sauté for 5 minutes
  • Add the quinoa, tossing to coat and lightly cook (1-2 minutes)
  • Stir in 4 cups of water, added slowly, cover with the lid and bring it to the boil
  • Reduce the heat and simmer until the water is absorbed, (~20 minutes). Remove from the heat and stand for 10 minutes
  • Place the pear pieces, sugar and Nuttelex in a saucepan on the stove and cook together for 2-3 minutes. Remove pear from excess syrup
  • Either cook some chicken or used leftover pre-cooked chicken. Shred desired quantity
  • Toss the parsley, chives, pears, cashews and chicken through the quinoa, along with the saffron water, until evenly mixed
  • Serve


  • Store in a resealable container for up to 3 days
  • Take a portion for lunches
  • Omit the chicken and serve the quinoa as a side dish at dinner with other meats and vegetables such as green beans and choko
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