Prawn and Quinoa Risotto




By Simone Ashton

Today, we go to Italy!

Growing up in a little town called Ingham, I always had access to amazing Italian food and I loved it!

So it’s no wonder, it’s my favourite food nowadays.

There’s nothing quite like a good homemade Bolognese sauce made with loads of fresh tomatoes and basil!

So today I have a dish with an Italian twist for you !



  • 250g punnet cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 long red chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups (300g) quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) white wine
  • 2 1/2 cups (625ml) chicken style liquid stock
  • 20 cooked prawns, peeled (tails intact)
  • 1/3 cup oregano leaves
  • 1/3 cup basil leaves


  • Preheat oven to 160°C. Place tomatoes, cut-side up, on a baking tray and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Scatter with sugar and salt. Bake for 25 minutes or until softened.
  • Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook onion, stirring, for 3-4 minutes until softened. Add garlic and chilli, then cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Add the quinoa, stirring to coat the grains, then stir in tomato paste and wine. Simmer for 1 minute or until wine has evaporated.
  • Add stock and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes or until quinoa is tender. Stir in prawns to warm through, then stir in tomatoes, half the oregano and half the basil. Season, then scatter with remaining oregano and basil and then serve with a large colourful Mediterranean salad 🙂

Let me know what  you think!

Sim x


Simone Ashton
Simone Ashton

Simone Ashton is a Coach & Senior Nutritionist of Absolute Health & Fitness. She is dedicated to helping women break free of the vicious dieting cycle so that they can live a happy, healthy, balanced and confident life. Her greatest achievement is her twins Eli and Indi and she shares her passion for all things nutrition, training, family, food, footy, travel and cultural experiences with her husband Clint. Together they have built AHF from the ground up to be the go to for women over 40 who are desperate for life long change and are sick and tired of being stuck in the yo-yo dieting cycle. She loves music, being free and knows happiness comes from within and to be happy you must do what feeds your soul, so that you can live your best life! Simone knows that living a healthy but balanced life is one of the keys to success and loves spending her spare time with family whilst enjoying espresso martinis, wine, chocolate and all things Italian.

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