Quinoa Caprese – By Veggie Blogger Mirjam

August 14, 2013 by Mirjam Leslie-Pringle


Let’s combine some great combinations!

Just like tomatoes, basil and mozzarella seem to be made for each other, the combination of zucchini and tomatoes is quite outstanding too!

I used to make the tagliatelle from zucchini dish often for my kids, when they where younger; it was a great way to have them eat veggies without the sour faces. And the nice thing is, it’s such a pure dish, it’s incredibly easy and absolutely rich in flavor.

Since I’ve discovered quinoa, (please say keen-wa!) I can honestly say I fell in love with it. Besides it’s tastiness, it’s one of the most healthy products on earth. The seeds (it’s not a grain!!) where already cultivated in the Andes, 5000 years ago, and formed the basic diet of its inhabitants, the glorious Incas. They considered quinoa as sacred food, a gift from god. They called it “La Chisiya Mama,” the mother of all grains.

Quinoa is a complete source of protein, which contain all the essential amino acids that the human body can not produce itself. These amino acids help your body to actually use the proteins you eat.


Quinoa contains a lot of fibre, more than rice, pasta or potatoes and is richer in vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin E and vitamin B, than all other grains.

So.. and there it comes, I thought of combining the great taste of Caprese with quinoa and the zucchini- tomato dish. It worked out wonderfully well, and looked amazing! I used a small form to layer the dish, but if you don’t like that, or don’t have a form that fits well, please just layer the food on your plate. The colours will do the trick!

Ingredients: (4 persons)

1 cup of quinoa
1 zucchini
300 gr. cocktail / ‘Tasty Tom’ tomatoes
2 (buffalo) mozzarella’s
1 large hand of fresh basil (20 gr.)
1 zucchini
freshly ground pepper and (sea) salt


– Rinse the quinoa thoroughly. When using one cup of quinoa, use two cups of water. Bring to boil, add the quinoa, and cook for 12 minutes. Drain if necessary and cover with lid. 

– Bring a big pot to boil.

– Cut the zucchini in thin slices (like tagliatelle) and blanche the tagliatelle for 1 minute in boiling water. Drain.

– Preheat the oven at 400F. / 180 C.

– Chop the fresh basil leaves, first in length, than in width.

– Whisk the basil through the quinoa, along with one or two tbsp of olive oil, freshly ground pepper and some salt.

– Cut the tomatoes in thin slices and remove the hard pieces.

– Sprinkle some olive oil in an oven dish, and add the zucchini, some salt and pepper.

– Place the the tomatoes on top, and again, sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper.

– Place in the oven for about 12 minutes.

– In the meantime tear up the mozzarella.

– When you can take out the vegetables from the oven, place a nice amount of basil-quinoa on a plate, layer it with zucchini, tomatoes and mozzarella en sprinkle some of the nice warm veggie juice on top. 

– Absolutely delicious!

Tags: Blog, Health news, Recipe of the week, Tips

Mirjam Leslie-Pringle Being a (young)mom of three,having our own company (mirnicology.com)and studying for natural nutritionist, means I’m always busy and running around. Busy creating new posts for my vegetarian blog:Veggieverymuch.com(or ModellistID for that matter!),doing photography on commission,writing articles,or preparing lunchboxes, driving around,bringing- or picking up my kids,doing groceries,making dinners,and so on,and so on. Well, the usual, I guess. But it also means I have to take care of myself too, without spending too much time doing so. I think being a vegetarian is a great way to stay in shape and to get all the important vitamins and minerals you need from wholesome food; various vegetables and fruits,seeds,nuts and plant based proteins. And maybe more important; it’s really sooo not 2014 to eat animals?!! Vegetarian food can absolutely be hip, hot and delicious, but you have to experiment a bit to get it! With my Veggie Very Much blog I like to share my recipes with you, by photographing the preparation step by step. I hope you enjoy! Eat well!



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