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Red Quinoa Pilaf with Tomato, Spinach and Pine Nuts

Photo: Kate Sears
Prep time 20 mins
Cook time 2 hrs, 15 mins
Yield Serves 4
This is a great recipe for all those tantalizingly tasty tomatoes. It’s also packed full of nutritious ingredients like fresh baby spinach and red quinoa.


  • 1 cup red quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 large ripe but firm tomatoes, cored, seeded and diced
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh baby spinach

Nutrition Information

  • calories 334
  • fat 20 g
  • satfat 2 g
  • protein 9 g
  • carbohydrate 34 g
  • fiber 5 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • sodium 471 mg

How to Make It

  1. Rinse quinoa thoroughly in cold water. Drain well.

  2. In a large skillet, warm oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and broth and increase heat to high. Bring to a boil, then carefully transfer to slow cooker. Stir in quinoa and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low until most of the liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender, about 2 hours.

  3. Place pine nuts in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Cook, shaking skillet constantly, until pine nuts are light golden and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Immediately transfer to a bowl.

  4. Remove slow cooker cover and stir in spinach and pine nuts. (If pilaf looks dry, add up to 1/2 cup more broth.) Cover and cook 15 minutes longer, or until the spinach has wilted completely. Season with additional salt and pepper and serve.