Vegan Quinoa and Vegetable Tartlet

Warm roast vegetable tartlet with vegan quinoa pastry and wildflower salad served with warm beet dressing


    - 1 ½ cups white quinoa
    - 3 cups water
    - 2 tbsp CHEF® Vegetable Liquid Concentrate
    - 2 tbsp ground flaxseeds or flax meal + 4 tablespoons water
    - 1 tsp caraway seeds
    - 2 tbsp hemp hearts
    - Spray oil

    - ¼ cup olive oil
    - 2 cloves garlic, sliced
    - 2 tbsp CHEF® Vegetable Liquid Concentrate
    - 10 portions diced pumpkin, diced kumara, diced red onion, baby beet halves, kale leaves,
    cherry tomatoes
    - 1 ½ cups vegan kale or rocket pesto 


    1. Combine quinoa, water and CHEF® Vegetable Liquid Concentrate in a saucepan and bring to the boil then cover and reduce heat. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until tender then allow to cool.

    2. Mix flax seeds with water, chill and let swell for 10 minutes. Mix cooled quinoa, flax seed mixture, caraway seeds, hemp and blend until the mixture clumps together. Chill for 30 minutes.

    3. Pre-heat oven to 190 degrees. Lightly oil spray 10 individual tartlet tins, divide quinoa mixture between the tins and press over the base and up the sides to form a pastry. (Use wet fingertips or the back of a teaspoon).

    4. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 190 degs until just coloured.
    Toss vegetables in combined olive oil, garlic and CHEF® Vegetable Liquid Concentrate. Arrange pumpkin, kumara, red onion and beets on a tray and roast for 20-25 minutes until tender. Arrange kale and cherry tomatoes on a separate tray and roast for 5 minutes until tomatoes blister and kale turns crispy.

    5. For the dressing, whisk together oil, vinegar, CHEF® Vegetable Liquid Concentrate, beet powder, maple and Dijon mustard, warm to release the flavours and season to taste.

    6. To assemble tartlets, fill warm quinoa cases with a generous dollop of kale pesto then layer with roasted vegetables and top with microgreens. Lastly, drizzle with warm beet dressing. 

    Chef's Tips

    - Use this versatile quinoa base for other tart fillings

    - For more flavour - garnish the plate with a few drops of just CHEF® Vegetable Liquid Concentrate

    - Try using CHEF® Mushroom Liquid Concentrate for roasting the vegetables or make a mushroom tartlet and change the beet powder for a green pea powder