Cheesy Spinach with Quinoa

Cheesy Spinach with quinoa recipe

I was fascinated when I discovered quinoa (keen-wah).  A grain that has protein.  Cool!  It tastes great too. Not a strong flavor so you can put it with almost anything.

I found a recipe for Cheesy Quinoa Pilaf with Spinach.  This was more of a quinoa pilaf with some spinach added.  I was (and am still) trying to add more vegetables to my meals, so I adjusted this recipe to be more of a spinach side dish with some quinoa.  It has now become one of my favorites.  The ingredients are easy and most can be kept on hand.

Cheesy Spinach with Qunioa

½ cup quinoa

1 cup of water (to cook the quinoa)

2 TBSP olive oil

¼ cup pine nuts, toasted

4 cloves garlic, minced

5 -6 cups spinach, organic if possible

1 TBSP lemon juice, or more to taste

2/3 cup grated parmesan

1.  Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the quinoa, and cook until the quinoa is tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

2.  Heat oil.  Stir in the garlic, and cook until the garlic softens and the aroma mellows, about 2 minutes. Stir in the cooled quinoa and spinach; cook and stir until the quinoa is hot, and the spinach has wilted. Stir in the lemon juice, and all but a pinch of the cheese. Stir until the cheese has melted. Serve sprinkled with the remaining cheese.

I love this as a side dish or all by itself for dinner or lunch!  It been a great way for me to go meatless a bit more.

You can really use any combination of cheese and nuts that you like.  I have also tried feta with pine nuts. Very tasty as well, but Parmesan is my favorite so far.  I would suggest a relatively strong tasting cheese.  Hmmmm  I wonder how blue cheese and walnuts would be.

Have you tried Quinoa?

This post is shared at Your Green Resource , Healthy 2Day WednesdayFrugal Days Sustainable WaysTiny Tip TuesdaySeasonal Celebration Sunday and Whip It Up Wednesday.


10 Responses to Cheesy Spinach with Quinoa

  1. Small Footprints September 11, 2012 at 11:21 pm #

    This looks delicious!! We love quinoa and use it in all kinds of things … it’s so versatile. For your recipe, here’s an old Italian trick for stretching the Parmesan cheese (or replacing it for vegans) … toast stale breadcrumbs in a touch of garlic oil and then sprinkle them on the dish. While they don’t taste like cheese, they do give the same “mouth feel” as cheese and add a lot of flavor (got that one my my grandparents). It’s perfect for people who limit or don’t eat dairy products. One of my favorite quinoa dishes is “Black Beans & Quinoa Salad” … it is so good and easy to put together … it’s also loaded with veggies. That recipe and one for a soup with corn are on my recipe page. Thanks for sharing this one … I’m bookmarking it and giving it a try! 🙂

  2. I Thought I Knew Mama September 18, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    Yum! Pinning this!

  3. Becky Elmuccio September 25, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    We love quinoa! I have found some good blends with wild rice at Whole Foods. I can’t wait to give this one a try with our family. Thanks!

    • Kristina (The Greening Of Westford) September 27, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

      Let me know how they like it. My daughter, who is not the most adventurous eater especially if it’s green, tried it and liked it.

  4. Natural Mothers Network September 27, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    I love Quinoa, but alas I have still to get the rest of family to feel the same way! Perhaps this recipe will do the trick! Thanks for sharing this with us at Seasonal Celebration!

  5. Emily October 20, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    This looks amazing. I love anything with spinach and cheese! Thanks so much for linking up with the Whip it Up Wednesday linky party (I’m a wee bit behind!) – hope you’ll share something with us again soon!

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