When there’s a cold snap on, hearty winter food spiced up with warm exotic flavours is the order of the day. This vibrant honeyed parsnip quinoa with chilli, cardamom and orange will keep the chill at bay.
1 kg parsnips, peeled and cut into 4cm long batons
1 large onion, thinly sliced
a pinch of chilli powder
a few glosses of olive or rapeseed oil, plus 4 tbsp for the dressing
1 tbsp runny honey
4 cardamom pods, seeds finely ground
a large handful of fresh parsley, finely chopped
a large handful almonds, toasted
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 Preheat the oven to 220°C/Gas 7. Place a large roasting or baking tray on the top shelf of the oven to warm up.
2 Toss the parsnips and onion in a bowl with a little salt, pepper and chilli powder. Gloss with just enough oil to lightly coat. Tumble onto the warmed tray and roast for about 25-30 minutes, or until golden and tender.
3 Meanwhile, rinse your quinoa in a fine mesh sieve. Heat a lidded pan and toast the rinsed grains for a moment. Swirl in a pinch of salt and a drop of oil. Pour in the water, pop a lid on, lower the heat and let it cook for 20 minutes, or until all the water is fully absorbed. Remove from the heat, lid still on, and leave to steam for a further 5 minutes. Drain any excess water.
4 Halve one of the oranges. Squeeze out 8 tablespoons of juice into a clean, lidded jam jar. Mix with the 4 tablespoons of olive oil, a pinch of salt, the honey and ground cardamom. Shake or whisk until fully emulsified. Taste and adjust the seasoning and the orange/oil/honey ratio to your liking.
5 Once the parsnips are nearly done, pour a little dressing over them, just enough to lightly coat, and pop them back in the oven for a couple of minutes, allowing the dressing to turn to a sticky glaze.
6 Cut the remaining oranges into 1cm-thick rounds, whipping the peel off the rounds. Mix them through the quinoa, along with the chopped parsley and the remaining dressing. Tuck the roasted parsnips in to the mix, once cooked. Scatter the toasted almonds over the top. Serve warm or cold.
Recipe from Five: 150 effortless ways to eat 5+ fruit and veg a day by Rachel de Thample, published by Ebury Press, £14.99. Photograph: Nassima RothakerTweet