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Just another tart!

Quinoa Tart

Apologies for skipping my Silent post last week. I ended up traveling across the pond for a bit. More on that in a bit, in another post. For now, I just wanted to leave you with a quick, healthy everyday meal.

I love making tarts and letting my fancy fly into creative fillings. This one was really a leftover inspiration on an afternoon following a highly ambitious (on the appetite) quinoa dinner from the night before.

Quinoa Tart slice

Nothing fancy. Just cooked quinoa spiced with harissa topped with ripe tomatoes (I was lucky to find them!) and whipped potatoes. It makes a lovely hearty meal.

Quinoa Tart

1 (8 inch) tart crust
1 cup cooked quinoa
2 shallots, finely diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp harissa
3 T fresh peas
2 ripe vine tomatoes sliced
1 russet potato, cooked
2 T cream
salt, pepper and olive oil as needed

Roll out the tart dough and fit into a tart mould. Refrigerate until ready to use. Preheat the oven to 400 F.

Saute the shallots and garlic in olive oil until soft. Add salt, pepper, harissa and peas and cook for a minute. Fold in the quinoa, turn down the heat to low and cook covered for 5 minutes.

With a potato ricer or a masher, finely mash the potatoes. Fold in the cream. Season to taste. When ready to assemble, spread the quinoa into an even layer. Arrange the tomato slices over the quinoa. Top with the mashed potatoes.

Bake the tart for 40 minutes until the potatoes are fluffed and light golden brown and the tart crust is cooked.

Cool for 10 minutes and serve topped with sprouts, grated parmesan and a fresh salad.


  1. A beautiful tart! Really delicious looking and sounding.



  2. This tart is totally beautiful. I have this box of quinoa weaving at me in the kitchen waiting to be used. This tarts sounds perfect to me. :) I look forward to reading about your travel! ;)

  3. this does sound like an absolutely fantastic idea to use quinoa - I'm always thinking of how to finish up my cooked quinoa other than in salads and such!

  4. very interesting filling choice. Simple and great way to use left overs!

  5. Gorgeous post! I never would have thought to put grains in a tart but what a lovely way to use up leftovers and create a hearty, healthy meal.

  6. I love this idea! It gives leftovers a totally new life.

  7. I love this idea. I'm going to make it tomorrow night. Thanks!

  8. Very interesting - i haven't had a grain tart like this, but it looks delicious. :) very creative!

  9. What a different combination of flavors! Perfectly done!

  10. What a great use of quinoa! And nice choice of book prop ;)

  11. potatoes, tomatoes and carbs. lovely. just the sort of warm food one needs in the winter. x s

  12. This looks really yummy. Seems like it is heavy in carbohydrates. At first look I thought the potatoes were a type of cheese. I think I will try it your way and then I will try it with a cheese. Thanks! Love you blog.

  13. What a fabulous idea do use quinoa in a new & exciting way! Saving this recipe :)

  14. hello, this recipe is delicious, I loved your blog
    I will visit more often! kisses. (Brazil)

    Also visit the Sweet Kitchen.


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