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Golden Turmeric Quinoa

We had an unforgettable week in Cape Town earlier this year and this dish of healthy golden delights pays homage to the flavors and experiences we savoured during our time in this vibrant city.

Inspired by the wonderful chefs at the delightful Our Local, this dish really captures the essence of Cape Town’s plant-based culinary scene, blending fresh seasonsal ingredients with global influences to create a symphony of flavors.

While I can’t promise it’s an exact replica of their recipe, I hope that my interpretation will tantalize your taste buds and you’ll fall in love with this medley of nutritious golden vegetables. Simple, nutritious, and bursting with color, this one-pot wonder takes just 25-30 minutes to prepare, making it an ideal choice for busy weeknights or lazy weekends.

Loaded with healthy carbs, plant-based proteins, and the golden goodness of turmeric, each spoonful is a celebration of health and flavor.

With just five main ingredients, including the star of the show – turmeric – this dish proves that simplicity is the key to culinary bliss.


  • 2 cups quinoa, washed well
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 carrots, grated – keep some ribbons of carrot for garnish
  • 1 small sweet potatoes,  grated
  • 1 yellow pepper, cut into thin slices
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper, ground
  • 1 tsp pink Himalayan salt (optional)
  • 4 cups hot vegetable stock
  • For garnish: chopped fresh herbs, ribbons of raw carrot and some sliced raw almonds

Note: you could always swap the vegetables I’ve suggested for some other alternatives including yellow courgettes, butternut squash or cauliflower.


  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium pan and sautee the chopped onions with a pinch of salt, add the grated carrots and sweet potatoes and mix for about 5-8 minutes until nice and golden. Add the turmeric, salt, and pepper and mix for 30-40 seconds.
  2. Add the quinoa, stir into the vegetables and then add the stock.
  3. Bring to the boil, and then reduce to a low heat
  4. Simmer for 25-30 minutes and continue to stir regularly, making sure that the ingredients dont stick.
  5. After 15 minutes stir in the slices of yellow pepper
  6. Leave the dish to rest for about 5 minutes and then serve, or leave to cool and serve cold
  7. Garnish with the ribbons of carrot, fresh herbs and almonds

And just look at the nutritional facts: This golden bowl of delights is not only bursting with flavor, but also packed with essential nutrients to nourish both body and soul.


  • Anti-inflammatory properties due to curcumin, potentially reducing inflammation and associated conditions.
  • Antioxidant effects that may help protect against chronic diseases and aging.
  • Potential to improve brain health and lower the risk of neurodegenerative diseases.
  • May aid in managing symptoms of arthritis and joint pain.
  • Supports heart health by improving endothelial function and reducing the risk of heart disease.


  • High protein content with all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein source.
  • Rich in fiber, promoting digestive health, aiding in weight management, and stabilizing blood sugar levels.
  • Contains various vitamins and minerals like iron, magnesium, and B-vitamins, supporting overall health and energy levels.
  • Gluten-free and suitable for individuals with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease.
  • Versatile and easy to incorporate into various dishes, providing a nutrient-rich alternative to grains.


  • Rich in beta-carotene, promoting eye health, vision, and reducing the risk of age-related macular degeneration.
  • High in fiber, aiding in digestion, promoting gut health, and supporting weight management.
  • Contains vitamins and minerals like vitamin K, potassium, and vitamin B6, supporting bone health and immune function.
  • Supports skin health and may contribute to a healthy complexion due to its vitamin A content.
  • May help lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Sweet Potato:

  • High in fiber, promoting digestive health, aiding in weight management, and stabilizing blood sugar levels.
  • Rich in vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and manganese, supporting overall health and immune function.
  • Contains antioxidants like beta-carotene, which may help protect against chronic diseases and inflammation.
  • Supports heart health by lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart disease.
  • Versatile ingredient, suitable for various dishes, and provides a natural sweetness without added sugars.


  • Rich in antioxidants like quercetin, which may have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
  • Contains prebiotic fibers that promote the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, supporting digestive health and immune function.
  • May help regulate blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity.
  • Supports heart health by lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart disease.
  • Offers antibacterial and antiviral properties, aiding in the prevention of infections and boosting the immune system.

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