I put this stir-fry (of some sorts?!) the other day- and it was the result of complete randomness, which ended up tasting quite delicious! So I said, I have to share this recipe on the blog 🙂

It’s a great gluten-free option that bursts with interesting layers of flavours- some that may seem unusual but happen to work out wonderfully! And you’ll get a bit of everything: protein, fiber along with essential minerals & vitamins. I also think this is great if you’re feeding a crowd or meal-prepping: make a huge batch and share the love!

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Tumeric Quinoa Stir Fry

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa- rinsed*
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 head of a small cabbage- chopped
  • 1/2 ripe plantain- diced
  • Handful of Governor’s Plum- cut in half*
  • 3 cloves garlic- finely chopped
  • Handful of fresh parsley- finely chopped
  • 1-2 stalks scallion (or green onion)- finely chopped
  • A bit of thyme
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened grated coconut
  • Salt, Pepper
  • Coconut oil

The process:

  • First things first: make sure all your ingredients are chopped/sliced as indicated above! This will make this recipe a breeze to go through!
  • In a pot, place the quinoa and toast it for just 1 minute on high heat. Then add 2 cups of water, the ground turmeric, cover the pot and bring to a boil. Once the water boils- lower the heat (to medium) and cook for 15 minutes!
  • While the quinoa is cooking, get a head start on the other ingredients:
    • Drizzle some coconut oil in a large pan. Place the ripe plantain and cook until golden on all sides. Remove and set aside.
    • Do the same thing with Governor’s Plum- toast real quick for 1-2 minutes. Remove and set aside.
    • Then add the cabbage, garlic & thyme and cook until semi-soft (keep a bit of crunch). Remove from heat & set aside if quinoa is still cooking.
    • In a separate small pan- place the coconut. Toast it by cooking it on high heat. Once it turns golden, remove and set aside. This happens very quickly, so stay near your stove top!
  • When the quinoa is done, remove the lid and fluff with a fork. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes. You can do laundry during that time (or reply to some unanswered emails- or do a few sit ups. Anything really!)
  • Now, transfer the turmeric quinoa into the large pan (with the cabbage). Add the ripe plantain, Governor’s Plum, parsley, scallion & toasted coconut. Salt & Pepper- and mix everything well! Enjoy warm or as a cold salad!


  • I rinse the quinoa to remove any bitterness.
  • You can replace Governor’s Plum with grapes!

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