Quinoa with Spinach and Cheese
This high protien Incan grain is truly an acient treasure. It can be simmered in milk for a breakfast or desert dish, or, as prepared here, can be cooked in broth for a warm pilaf or a delicioius cold salad."Very good! Nice flavors! I pureed fresh onions, celery and garlic. I did not use mushrooms ( like them). I had to cook about 10 minutes longer (covered at med-low heat) to get the fresh spinach to wilt the way we like it. This was a very yummy dish, I will definitely make it again!" - mogriff1
Yield: 6 Ready in 30 minutes
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|2 teaspoonsOlive oil|
|1 cupOnion; diced|
|1/4 cupCelery; diced|
|1 teaspoonGarlic; minced|
|1 cupQuinoa; rinsed well|
|2 cupsChicken or Vegetable broth; fat-free low-sodium|
|2 cupsSpinach, Kale, Or Swiss Chard; chopped|
|1/2 cupMushroom; chopped|
|1/4 cupParmesan cheese; grated|
|1/4 teaspoonBlack Pepper; ground|
Quinoa with Spinach and Cheese Preparation
In a saucepan, heat the oil over mediumgarlio heat. Add the onion and celery and cook for 5 minutes, or until soft and translucent. Add the garlic and quinoa and cook for about 1 minute longer, stirring occasionally. Do not brown the garlic. Add the broth and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 12 minutes; the mixture will be brothy and the quinoa almost done. Stir in the spinach and mushrooms and simmer for 2 minutes longer, or until the quinoa grains have turned from white to transparent. Add the cheese. Season with the salt and pepper.
Makes 6 (about 3/4 cup) servings
Nutritional Information (Per Serving)
Carbohydrates 24 g
Fat 4 g (1g saturated)
Sodium 320 mg
You can find Quinoa in the Rice and Pasta aisle of most major grocery stores, or in a bulk bin at your local natural foods store. Half a cup of cooked quinoa contains 110 calories, 8 grams of protien, and 5 grams of fiber.
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