#maSTOMAchef Week Two – Quinoa

So this week the #maSTOMAchef choice of ingredient was up to me!  I decided to choose quinoa.  It is something I have wanted to try for a while and thought this was the perfect opportunity.


I had heard it was similar to a risotto rice so decided to make a garlic mushroom quinoa dish.  Mushrooms can be hit or miss for ostomates.  I generally do well with them as long as I chew really well, although I still get a few chunks come out occasionally!  For things like bolognaise I chop them up super small so they don’t cause any issues.

Garlic Mushroom Quinoa


  • 150g dried quinoa
  • 3 large mushrooms
  • 4 large garlic cloves
  • Half a teaspoon of mixed herbs
  • Chicken stock pot

How I Made It

  1. First I cooked the quinoa according to the pack intructions (rinse, place in saucepan, cover with water, bring to the boil and then simmer for around twenty minutyes until see through).  I also added a chicken stock pot into the water before I cooked it for extra flavour
  2. Peel and thinly slice three large, flat mushrooms
  3. Mince the garlic
  4. Take a frying pan and spray in some oil (I use fry-light but you could also use a little drizzle of olive oil)
  5. Cook the mushrooms and garlic with the mixed herbs in the frying pan
  6. Drain the quinoa and stir through the mushrooms and garlic once cooked
  7. Serve with a sprinkling of grated cheese and enjoy!



This amount made two portions, I ate one and froze another to use in the future.  And the verdict?  Well the show girls will tell you how much I gushed over this when I made it!  It was absolutely delicious!  I am a big risotto fan and can see why people find similarities although the quinoa is slightly ‘cleaner’ tasting and there wasn’t so much of a creamy sauce as I didn’t stir the cheese in.  Using the stock pot was a great tip from my fellow blogger Stephie over at http://www.colitistoostomy.com too as it could be quite flavourless without this.


I can highly recommend this one to you all, please let me know if you give it a go and what you think!

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