Quinoa: The Superfood On Everyone’s Lips

So if you are looking for a healthy, nutritious way to lose weight this summer – and want a slow-release carb that doesn’t leave you heading for the biscuit barrel as soon as it’s passed your lips, Quinola Mothergrain, a new brand of pearl, red and black organic quinoa from Peru, could just be the answer. Why not rustle up a bowl of this deliciously light and refreshing lime, mint and courgette Quinola salad, above – a calorific steal at just 250 calories a bowl, and quick and easy to prepare at under 20 minutes. 

Pearl and red Quinola Mothergrain with lime-marinated courgette and mint


Serves 4

200g pearl Quinola
50g red Quinola
1 courgette 
2 limes
Fresh mint
Olive oil


Bring a pan of salted water to the boil. Add the red Quinola. After 2 mins add 200g pearl Quinola. Once the 14 minutes have elapsed from putting in the Red Quinoa, drain and rinse under cold water.

While the quinoa is cooking, peel the courgette into thin ribbons with a peeler and marinate in the juice of the two limes and some olive oil. Chop the fresh mint.

Once the quinoa is cooked, mix in the courgette ribbons with the marinade and garnish with the mint.


Quinola is available in red, pearl and black varieties from delicatessens, health-food shops and farm shops, Fortnum & Mason, Planet Organic, Selfridges, Traidcraft and by mail order (details at www.quinola.com). The 500g packs of Pearl cost £3.50 RRP and the 400g packs of Red and Black cost £3.50 RRP