Sunday, December 18, 2011

Quinoa, Spinach and Tomatoes

This week I bought a 4 pound bag of quinoa, that super grain that's packed with protein...I've never really used it before but decided we needed more super foods in our diet and since the bag was very reasonably priced, took the plunge.  For my first experiment I paired it with spinach and tomatoes (more super foods!).  More ideas to come...

2 Tbl olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic
1 cup quinoa
2 cups chicken broth
2 green onions
3 handfuls of baby spinach, stems removed and large leaves torn a bit
12 grape tomatoes, halved
salt and pepper to taste

In a medium sauce pan saute the garlic in the olive oil for just a minute.
Add the quinoa, stir it around to coat with the oil and add the chicken broth.
Bring up to the boil and add one of the green onions which you've sliced.
Put a lid on the pot and simmer the mixture for 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
After 12 minutes, leave on the heat and stir in the grape tomato halves and the spinach constantly stirring until the spinach is wilted.  Should take three or four more minutes.  Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in the second sliced green onion.
Serves 4 as a side

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