Monday, August 9, 2010

Quinoa with Roasted Vegetables and Spinach

This tasty side dish packs an incredible amount of flavor and healthfulness into each and every bite. I figured I should post this recipe so that you wouldn't think that everything I make contains bacon or butter! Believe me, you won't miss either in this recipe. Quinoa is one of those superfoods that seems like a grain but is really a protein. Mixed with iron-rich spinach, vegetables roasted in olive oil and nutty parmesan cheese, you will love this recipe as much as I do. Feel free to swap out vegetables to your liking; once you get the idea down, you can try so many different variations!
1 cup quinoa
2 cups beef broth
1 cup of fresh spinach (this will wilt down significantly)
1/4 cup red pepper, diced
1/4 cup green pepper, diced
1/8 cup parmesan (get the good stuff!)
3 tbsp. olive oil
1/8 cup cream (optional)
2 cloves garlic, smashed
Kosher salt, black pepper

Rinse the quinoa. Bring the beef broth to a boil then add the quinoa. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for approximately 15 minutes or until the quinoa fluffs nicely with a fork. While the quinoa is cooking, saute the spinach and garlic in 1 tbsp. olive oil until just wilted. Discard the garlic. Roast the peppers with 2 tbsp. olive oil in a 400 degree oven for approximately 5-8 minutes. Put the peppers and spinach (along with their cooking liquids) into the quinoa and gently stir. Add the parmesan, salt, pepper and cream then stir to combine. Serve warm.


Nina said...

I've never had quinoa but have wanted to try it. Now I know how exactly to fix it. You make the most delicious things. :)

The Happiest Belly on the Block! said...

Thanks, Nina! You'll laugh when I tell you how this recipe came to be. I actually made a huge batch for my 15 month old! I figured it'd be a great baby dish because it's got a protein, some dairy and lots of veggies. She adores it, and I was very pleasantly surprised when I tasted it for the first time. :)

Anonymous said...

WOW! I most certainly missed this one! Can't wait to try it. New kitchen appliance from this fall, here we go...


Shelby said...

THAT sounds fabulous!! Can not wait to try it.

The Happiest Belly on the Block! said...

Hope you enjoy it, Shelby! :)

Shelby said...

Just made your quinoa dish! LOVE it. I don't eat peppers, so I sauteed eggplant with the spinach. It was fabulous. Hope you don't mind my sharing it.

The Happiest Belly on the Block! said...

Hi Shelby~ So glad to hear it turned out well for you! I love getting feedback :) I'm going to have to try adding eggplant~ so yummy!