Recipe and images courtesy of Romy London (@romylondonuk on Instagram)

Crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. Need inspiration for family dinner? These are just perfect, including all your favourite vegetables onions, mushrooms as well as quinoa. Serve with noodles, veggies or pasta.

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Ingredients (serves 2-4)

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 70g red onion, finely diced
  • 4 crushed garlic cloves
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 130g finely diced red bell pepper
  • 300g chestnut mushrooms finely diced
  • 130g potatoes, diced
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 60g quinoa, cooked
  • 20g fresh coriander, chopped
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika powder
  • ¼ tsp chilli flakes
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp walnuts, finely chopped


  1. Start by heating the olive oil in a large non-stick skillet and place the finely diced
    onion inside. Cook for 4-5 minutes until translucent, then add the crushed garlic, salt
    and finely diced red pepper. Cook for a further 4-5 minutes or until the pepper is
    softened, then add in the finely diced mushrooms. Allow for the mushrooms to
    release their water and keep on the stove for 5-10 minutes or until the majority of the
    liquid has evaporated.
  2. In the meantime, peel and roughly dice the potatoes and cook them in salted water
    for roughly 10 minutes or until softened. Drain and mash the potatoes into a smooth
    potato mash.
  3. Remove the mushroom mix from the stove and stir in the balsamic vinegar. Transfer
    to a mixing bowl and add the cooked quinoa, potato mash, fresh coriander, smoked
    paprika, chilli, black pepper and walnuts. Mix until well combined and set aside to
    cool down for 20 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 200C.
  5. Once it’s cool enough to handle, use a tablespoon to scoop out the mushroom mix
    into little portions and form little balls with your wet hands. Place them on a lined
    baking tray in a single layer.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven at 200C for 25-30 minutes or until lightly crispy on the