A perfect example of the magic of the microwave.

You don’t have to use sprouting tenderstem broccoli, this sauce tastes great poured over any green veg or even as a dip with a good old packet of Doritos.

The quinoa adds a fancy twist and adds a great texture to the sauce but it works just as well without.

I have served this dish up as a side for loads of different dishes, it goes great with wings, chilli or even mac and cheese.


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  • 1 pack of purple sprouting broccoli
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 good glug of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of tahini paste
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 2 table spoons of quinoa
  • a few fresh mint leaves roughly chopped (dried mint works too)
  • salt, pepper and chilli flakes to taste


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  1. To make the sauce add all the ingredients (apart from the broccoli) to a large bowl and mix well until smooth.
  2. To prepare the broccoli, start off by removing all the extra leaves and generally pruning to a desired appearance.  Add it to a microwaveable bowl, salt well and ad a knob of butter or olive oil. Cover and microwave on high for 2 mins.
  3. Remove the broccoli from the microwave, pour over a good glug of the sauce and microwave for an extra minute. Pour over the remainder of the sauce, top with chilli flakes and serve immediately.


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