We're just getting on the quinoa bandwagon and glad we did! This is excellent. I doubled the recipe and look forward to the next couple meals with what's left. It could stand alone as a meatless meal, too. I followed the measurements and ingredients nearly to the letter. Wouldn't change a thing! Can't wait to try other quinoa recipes. Thanks, CL, for your features on this important ingredient.
Quinoa with Roasted Garlic, Tomatoes, and Spinach
"Quinoa contains more protein than any other grain. The tiny, beige-colored seeds have a nice crunch. It's cooked and eaten like rice and other grains. Be sure to give it a good rinse before cooking, or it may have a bitter taste." —Mary Ellen Smith, Doylestown, Pa.
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- Calories: 130
- Fat: 5g
- Saturated fat: 0.7g
- Monounsaturated fat: 3.1g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 1g
- Protein: 4.1g
- Carbohydrate: 16.6g
- Fiber: 1.8g
- Cholesterol: 1mg
- Iron: 1.7mg
- Sodium: 305mg
- Calcium: 49mg
- 1 whole garlic head
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallots
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained
- 1 tablespoon dry white wine
- 1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 cup baby spinach leaves
- 1/3 cup chopped seeded tomato (1 small)
- 1 tablespoon shaved fresh Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1. Preheat oven to 350°.
- 2. Remove papery skin from garlic head. Cut garlic head in half crosswise, breaking apart to separate whole cloves. Wrap half of head in foil; reserve remaining garlic for another use. Bake at 350° for 1 hour; cool 10 minutes. Separate cloves; squeeze to extract garlic pulp. Discard skins.
- 3. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots and red pepper to pan; cook 1 minute. Add quinoa to pan; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add wine; cook until liquid is absorbed, stirring constantly. Add broth; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; stir in garlic pulp, spinach, tomato, cheese, and salt. Serve immediately.
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