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Quinoa, Spinach And Walnut Stir Fry

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Why I Love This Recipe

Quinoa "keen-wa" is a highly nutritous grain, with protein, fiber (very filling), and vitamins and minerals. It cooks up much like couscous. I have had some problem finding it at Kroger. Have to get it at the ritzy grocery.

My mother harvested her first batch of basil this weekend, so I took that with the walnuts I had for this recipe and made pesto. Instead of adding the walnuts, cheese and basil whole, I just added some pesto after the water (and broth) were absorbed. Made the dish slightly gooey but still really good and fresh tasting.

Ingredients You'll Need

1 cup quinoa
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups water (I use combo chicken broth and water)
5 ounces fresh baby spinach
1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
½ cup walnut pieces, toasted
½ cup freshly grated
Parmesan cheese
Basil leaves


1. Place quinoa in small bowl, add water to cover, and swish to rinse. Pour into fine mesh strainer and drain well.

2. Heat oil in large skillet. Add quinoa. Cook, stirring, over medium heat until golden, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add salt and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook over medium-low until water is absorbed, about 15 minutes.

3. Add spinach and tomatoes. Cook over medium heat until spinach is almost wilted and tomatoes are warmed, about 1 minute. Stir in walnuts and cheese. Garnish with basil leaves. Serves 4.

Recipe courtesy of Health Barn USA, Relish Cooking with kids, April 2008.

Nutritional Information

Per serving: 360 calories, 19g fat, 37mg chol, 13g prot., 37g carbs., 6g fiber, 510mg sodium

Questions, Comments & Reviews

Hi Kathy - I just discovered Quinoa this weekend and loved it! Had it at a vegan place in LA called Elf that's top notch (to anyone in the LA/Echo Park area)... it's a must. But I digress. Thank you for posting this recipe. I have a yellow curry recipe to try with the Quinoa, but this will make serving it at least twice a week now. Being a recenly turned vegetarian, the idea that it's one of the only whole grains that's also a protein makes it very attractive. My friend Latifah told me it's like serving rice and beans in one meal... Thanks again! You always have such interesting recipes.

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