Seasonal Recipes

Quick Pickled Vegetables, Hummus & Herbed Yoghurt

You could add all sorts of yummy things to this bowl to change it's vibe; toasted nuts or seeds would be awesome, use lacto fermented vegetables in place of the quick-pickled if you have some at hand or use another grain such as buckwheat or brown rice in place of the quinoa to change things up a bit. A fried or boiled egg probably wouldn't go astray alongside it too.
Serves 4 (easily halved/doubled etc)

2 cups cooked quinoa (see here for cooking instructions)
2 medium carrots, finely shredded
1 medium beetroot, peeled + finely shredded
5 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons unrefined raw sugar
Few drops toasted sesame oil

1 small fennel bulb, ends trimmed + finely shaved
Small handful flat parsley, finely chopped
Small handful coriander (cilantro) leaves, finely chopped

A little butter, ghee or olive oil
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 bunch asparagus, sliced into fine rounds
Hummus, to serve

Herbed yogurt
A few good big dollops natural plain yoghurt (around 1/2 cup)
Small handful flat parsley, finely chopped
Small handful coriander (cilantro) leaves, finely chopped
The finely grated zest 1/2 lemon
A little lemon juice, to taste
A splash extra virgin olive oil

Cook + cool quinoa if you haven't already done so
Place shredded carrot and beetroot into separate bowls. Add 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon raw sugar and a good pinch fine sea salt to each bowl. Add a few drops of toasted sesame oil to the carrots. Mix well and set aside while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
Place shaved fennel into a bowl, add remaining teaspoon of cider vinegar and the chopped herbs, season well with fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Mix and set aside.
Heat a small saucepan over medium-high heat, add butter and garlic and cook for 10 seconds before adding asparagus. Saute for 1 minute or until just tender. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly.

Combine all the ingredients for the herbed yoghurt and mix.
To serve, divide quinoa between four bowls, add a little of each of the vegetable mixes, top with a generous dollop of hummus and a good drizzle of herbed yoghurt.

Source : My Darling Lemon Thyme