"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.
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
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°.
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.
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.
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.
I had grape tomatoes that needed to be used so I roasted them while roasting the garlic at 400F for 40 minutes. I used a cup of the roasted tomatoes instead of the fresh tomatoe and increased the spinach to a cup as well and it turned out really great, I served it with a cod main dish and our guests loved this quinoa too.
I would give it 4 stars but my husband was not a fan at all. I think some people just don't like Quinoa and I'm married to one of them. I doubled it. A bit time consuming with the roasted garlic on a weeknight but yum. I wonder what feta would be like instead of the parmesan. I will make this again for me to have for lunches. Would be a nice dish for a potluck.
Super good. I used reduced sodium chicken broth. I would not add that 1/4 tsp salt next time (i prefer dishes less salty.) I would also add a bit more spinach leaves. Other than those issues, I thought it was great. Oh, and I LOVE garlic so the amount this recipe calls for is perfect. And, you MUST ROAST IT. Roasted garlic makes everything better. Thanks!
This was AWESOME!!! Did double spinach & tomatoes. Like others will double next time. So much flavor!! It is spicy with 1/4t crushed pepper, which we like, but if you don't like lot of spice use 1/8 t.