Monday, August 9, 2010

Quinoa with Spinach and Feta Cheese

Quinoa is grain-like edible seeds that are gluten free. It is a great substitution for rice or other grains and is high in protein and fiber. After reading about how good quinoa is for you, I decided to give it a try. This was my second time making it and I loved it. It is a perfect side dish, and using this basic recipe you could add any other ingredients to it (mushrooms, chopped tomatoes, artichokes, onion, chicken, etc.) You can also cook in in fat free chicken broth. I loved this variation (found at spark recipes) but will definitely try others in the future.

Update 7/10/10: I made this again the other night but with goat cheese instead of feta and added in chopped sun-dried tomatoes with the spinach. It was super delicious! Also, this is husband approved. I know, it doesn't look like much but, as Casey said, it is so much better than it looks in the pictures. If you haven't tried quinoa yet, do it!
 
Ingredients:
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, sliced very thin
1 cup fresh spinach
1 ounce feta cheese
Directions:
Rinse the quinoa in a strainer. (Use a sifter if you don't have a strainer that's small enough. Some quinoa comes pre-rinsed so check the package directions.) In a small saucepan, add the quinoa and 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then cover and reduce heat to simmer until water is absorbed, about 10-15 minutes.


Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil and garlic. Cook the garlic in the oil until the edges of the garlic turns very light brown, being careful not to burn the garlic (reduce heat to low if necessary). When the quinoa is done cooking, add it to the skillet along with the spinach. Stir it together until the spinach wilts. Add the crumbled feta cheese and stir to combine.

Servings: 2
Calories per serving: 232

 

7 comments:

ModistaModesta said... [Reply to comment]

What is Quinoa?

I'm visiting from the 31DBBB challenge just posted after you on Day 21. It must be some of your really old pictures because the one's I see look really good!

Great Blog.

Christina said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks for stopping by! Quinoa is a grain-like seed. It is a good source of protein and fiber and is gluten free. It's a great substitute for rice.

white collar | green soul said... [Reply to comment]

Looks amazing - I will definitely be making this! I've been looking for something to do with quinoa - good timing!

Plus Size Barbie said... [Reply to comment]

It looks wonderful! Thanks for stopping by earlier!

ModistaModesta said... [Reply to comment]

It looks good, I'll have to see if I can find it. I didn't see any were I usually grocery shop but then again it's Food4Less and I mostly shop for Mexican food. I'll try the local Trader Joe's or Henry's.

Thank you.

Kim said... [Reply to comment]

I really love your blog! I'm from Baltimore and worked in DC, so I love all your pictures. Thanks for this recipe! I'm always looking for new side dishes.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

AHHH .. Quinoa ... I can't believe I went 56 years before discovering this remarkable food. I brown my quinoa along with garlic, onion and jalapeno in olive oil (kinda like when you brown for rice-a-roni) and while it's browning I microwane the water so It's hot when I add it and doesn't spatter as much. I cover and simmer about 15 minutes 'til water absorbed. I eat it just like this the first night. Then for lunch, I heat it in microwave with some chopped spinach, then stir in some feta .... so good

I love your site ... my boyfriend was put on a low sodium/low cholesterol diet ... so finding foods that fit both is a challenge ... but I'm actually having fun doing it ... and have eaten some reallt tasty stuff !!!

I was cooking some lean steak tonight ... I'm gonna try your Cilanto Almond Pesto ... I just so happened to have all those ingredience on hand (that's a rarity)

Tanybug ... Tanybug@DaytonaRock.Com

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