A Handy Little Side Number: Bejeweled Rice & Quinoa

Prep Time:10 mins, Cook Time: 0 mins, Total Time: 10 mins

December 10, 2014

Eat Your Veg | Quick Cook Bejeweled Rice & Quinoa

Made from start to finish in ten minutes flat this certainly is a handy little side number. And with the silly season in our midst it could be a useful healthy side dish to have up your sleeve. Equally tasty as part of a buffet or asian style meal, as a side for fish or cold meats or a nutritious and filling lunch to eat cold at work or school. If your kids like rice this is a super-duper easy way of getting oodles of the good stuff into their tums. And by adding veggie colours from across the rainbow it’s not only pretty but maxing out on nutritional value too. Bonus.

I’m lucky enough to have kids that both love their rice. They’d happily chow down on a bowl of plain rice given half a chance, and they often do if it accompanies a curry or stir fry they’re a little sniffy about!. Just as it was a cinch to convert them to wholewheat pasta from white they rarely eat anything other than brown rice these days. Well at least at home anyway. And building on their love for rice it’s very easy to add uber-nutritious quinoa and finely diced veggies to the pot, which they’re equally as happy to wolf down, especially with a tasty soya sauce dressing.

I used Clearspring products in my recipe today as I was lucky enough to receive a huge box of their goodies to try out. And suitably impressed I was too. The quick cook organic Brown Rice & Red Quinoa made light work of the salad, cooking in a mere ten minutes. And the dressing I made from the Organic ‘Omeg-A-Day’ Flax Oil blend (made from linseeds/flax, walnut, sunflower, olive and pumpkin oils) and gluten-free Tamari Soya Sauce was high in taste as well as health stakes.

Eat Your Veg | Bejeweled Rice & Quinoa

Eat Your Veg | Clearspring Quick Cook Rice & Quinoa

The Good Stuff:

Brown Rice, Quinoa, Broccoli, Carrots, Peppers, Sweetcorn, Spring Onions, Sultanas, Flax Oil

Great For:

Toddlers, Pre-Schoolers, Big Kids, Grown Ups, Side Dishes, Eating Cold/Warm/Hot, Buffets, Lunch, Packed Lunches, Picnics, Taking to Work, Hiding Veggies, Vegetarians, Vegans


Use the same weight of brown rice and quinoa if you cannot source a Clearspring Quick Cook pack. Similarly use another Flax Oil or Olive Oil, or Soya Sauce.

Special Equipment:


A Handy Little Side Number: Bejeweled Rice & Quinoa

Ingredients Prep Time:10 mins, Cook Time: 0 mins, Total Time: 10 mins

1 pack Clearspring Quick Cook Organic Rice & Quinoa or 250g brown rice and quinoa
1/3 broccoli, cut into tiny bite size florets
1 carrot, scrubbed and finely diced
1/2 red pepper, finely diced
100g sweetcorn, frozen or tinned
60g sultanas
4 spring onions, finely sliced
2 tablespoons Clearspring Omeg-a-Day Flax Oil Blend or Olive Oil
1 tablespoon Clearspring Tamari Soya Sauce or any other Soya Sauce

1) Place the rice and quinoa in a saucepan, cover with plenty of boiling water and cook for 6 minutes (up to 5 minutes longer for ordinary brown rice and quinoa).
2) Add the broccoli florets and diced carrots and simmer for 3 minutes.
3) Add the diced red pepper and sweetcorn and simmer for a further 2 minutes or until the rice and quinoa are fully tender.
4) Meanwhile mix together the oil and soya sauce to make a dressing.
5) Drain the rice and veggies, and stir through the sultanas and spring onions together with the dressing. Combine everything well. Eat hot, warm or cold!

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6 thoughts on “A Handy Little Side Number: Bejeweled Rice & Quinoa

  1. Janie

    Ding Dong! What a speedy little number to have tucked up you sleeve! Love the colours of the salad and of the festive blog theme too 🙂
    Janie x



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