Deliciously Ella Experiment #2 – Quinoa Tabbouleh

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Half term week has been pretty crazy around here, I’m sure a lot of you can relate!

One of the biggest things I notice during any school holiday is the amount of food we consume rockets – my little girls are eating machines!

With food on the brain (and consequently in their tummies) It was a great opportunity to try my Deliciously Ella Experiment #2 – Quinoa Tabbouleh.

As you know I’ve been trialling a Deliciously Ella recipe each week as part of my clean eating experiment, last week was Apple Crumble so this week we decided to go savoury.


  • Quinoa (390g)
  • Fresh coriander
  • 8 tomatoes
  • Pine nuts (100g)
  • 2 tablespoons of Tahini
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Salt and pepper


  • Cook quinoa as instructed.
  • Chop coriander and tomatoes (salsa sized pieces).
  • Toss pine nuts in frying pan – this should just take a couple of minutes.
  • Allow cooked quinoa time to cool.
  • Mix all the ingredients together.


Can I just say, How easy is this recipe!!

Obviously I decided to make things slightly harder for myself by not having quite the right ingredients (despite going shopping especially, I blame toddler brain!). Some quick Googling and I decided to substitute my missing pine nuts for toasted sunflower seeds, which I happened to have lurking in the cupboard!


Quinoa Tabbouleh

Family Verdict:

I’m so pleased to say that this was a big success – there were some dubious faces when I served it up in place of chips with our evening meal, my eldest initially refused to give it the time of day but after some persuasion (read: bribery) she relented, tried it and then ate over half her serving. High praise indeed as she announced it to be ‘OK’!

Buoyed by this success (and with left overs) I served some with chicken on the side for them the next day and no one passed comment…they just ate it!

I really enjoyed it too and It felt great to give my family something healthy. A new family favourite I think and SO EASY!

Let me know if you give this one a try?


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8 Comments on Deliciously Ella Experiment #2 – Quinoa Tabbouleh

    February 23, 2015 at 3:24 pm (3 years ago)

    Sounds like a real result – and I’m sure someone wise once said that recipes are an indication and not something that have to be followed religiously. I definitely buy into that 🙂 #sharethejoy

    • Claire
      February 24, 2015 at 1:22 pm (3 years ago)

      That is a very wise saying – I was so relieved when I had an alternative, that was in date! Bonus!
      Thanks for stopping by!

    Louise @ Birds and Lilies
    February 23, 2015 at 4:08 pm (3 years ago)

    I love this cookbook and I’ve been making a few things out of it recently too. I haven’t tried this one yet though and it looks easy and tasty so I’ll definitely give it a try! x #sharethejoy

    • Claire
      February 24, 2015 at 1:24 pm (3 years ago)

      It’s great isn’t it – I love that it’s all relatively easy! This recipe must be the easiest of all and it’s really yummy – highly recommend!

    Michelle Reeves (bodfortea)
    February 24, 2015 at 7:32 am (3 years ago)

    Mmm… this looks totally yummy! I love tabbouleh but this looks like a great alternative. Not sure my two fussy pants would give it a go though – very impressed yours did! Thanks so much for linking this up at #sharethejoy x

    • Claire
      February 24, 2015 at 3:40 pm (3 years ago)

      It took an unprecedented level of bribery – they genuinely seemed to like it though once they tried it and left overs the next day were no trouble! Such an easy recipe it’s well worth a try!

    Mama and More aka Zaz
    February 27, 2015 at 10:30 am (3 years ago)

    This sounds absolutely yummy! Thanks so much for linking it up to #AllAboutYou, I will definitely give it a go! xx


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