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Chard and Veggie Bake with a Mushroom, Quinoa and Goats Cheese Crumble Topping

We've been so blessed with recipe submissions from our readers, and from enthusiastic veg box providers around the country that it's been a while since we've invented a new one of our own.

Last week we received a box that contained carrots, chard, mushrooms, shallots and turnips. We already had a can of mixed beans in the cupboard, garlic cloves, some unfinished goats cheese in the fridge and a big box of quinoa.

This was the result!


Serves 6

For the bake:

Olive oil
Six shallots, roughly diced
One bag of chard, chopped
500ml stock
Three carrots, chopped into bite-sized pieces
Two turnips, chopped into bite-sized pieces
One can of mixed beans
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the topping:

Four cloves of garlic, minced
One punnet of mushrooms, crumbled by hand into large breadcrumb-sized pieces
One cup of quinoa
100g goats cheese
Salt and freshly ground pepper


  • Heat the oven to 200C.
  • Rinse the quinoa well, simmer it in two cups of boiling water until the germ starts to separate, and then drain and set to one side to cool.
  • Meanwhile, heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large non-stick stockpot or casserole pan then turn down the heat and add the shallots.
  • After two or three minutes, add the chard. Cover and wilt down for three or four minutes.
  • Now tip in the stock, and throw in the carrots, turnips, beans and seasoning.
  • Give it all a good stir, replace the lid and continue to simmer for around ten minutes.
  • Meanwhile, mix together the minced garlic, cooked and cooled quinoa, crumbled mushrooms and goats cheese in a large glass bowl that you can get your hands into. This is sticky but fun.
  • Check the veggie mix for flavour, adjust as necessary and then spoon it into a large, lightly oiled baking dish.
  • Cover with the quinoa mix and bake in the oven for 20 minutes before switching the oven to grill and browning off the top for around five minutes.
  • Enjoy.

PS Did you know that quinoa is a seed and can be sprouted and eaten that way too?!

Time From Cupboard-To-Table

40 minutes

Notes & Variations on Chard and Veggie Bake with a Mushroom, Quinoa and Goats Cheese Crumble Topping

Of course you could throw almost any vegetable you have into this!

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