Cheesy Quinoa Pilaf with Spinach Recipe

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Submitted by erinmacdonald

Makes 4 servings



"This creamy pilaf incorporates the fluffy, nutty-flavored grain, quinoa, with a decadent and delicious goat cheese gouda. This has an amazing flavor and texture. Try serving with steamed salmon. I think this would work well with pine nuts as well as a variety of other cheeses. Try regular goat, Parmesan, blue, etc."

Recipe Ingredients for Cheesy Quinoa Pilaf with Spinach

1/4 cup quinoa
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons raw sunflower seeds
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup fresh spinach leaves
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated

Recipe Directions for Cheesy Quinoa Pilaf with Spinach

  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. Drain in a mesh strainer, and rinse until cold; set aside.

  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, stir in the sunflower seeds, and cook until lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. 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.

Categories

Side Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 37.7g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
174
Calories from Fat
125
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
13.9g
21%
Saturated Fat
3.0g
15%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
7mg
2%
Sodium
132mg
5%
Potassium
106mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates
7.9g
3%
Dietary Fiber
0.9g
4%
Sugars
0.2g
Protein
5.1g
Vitamin A 8% Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 10% Iron 4%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
B-
  Good points
  • Low in cholesterol
  • Very low in sugar
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